Notes from the VC

What a difference a week makes; debate still rages about the outcome of a major election – the ‘shouts loudest’ policy is still in full swing. Even more appalling was news of another spate of...

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A momentous week for UNE and the rest of the world in a number of different ways. Our Victorian colleagues, friends and relatives have been released from an extended lock down after multiple sequential days...

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It would be odd if I did not mention that for those of us based in New England, life this week has been has been about glorious sunshine, drenching rain, hail and snow as well...

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When I first experienced the New England, the burden of a long drought was evident. Now I am experiencing the amazing burst of bloom and bush that rain has nurtured. Rain featured particularly this week...

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  It used to be we talked about weather, car parking and the price of milk. Now there is little chance of avoiding the pandemic; multiple waves, vaccines and the challenges of lockdown versus herd...

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It is well reported that I am women of a certain age; I have enjoyed the great luxury of a career in frontier science and then a career in education. Not sure what my next...

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This has been one of those weeks when my inner ‘swan’ featured more than other latent genetic ancestry.  With some 60 odd per cent of shared avian DNA ruffling my proverbial feathers, I was overwhelmed...

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A week of interesting challenges. For many, the sadness of losing one of the giants – Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  I was fortunate to hear her present in the US Supreme Court as well as attend some...

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Another week has passed by in a blink and yet so much has happened (granted in my small sphere). The hiatus across higher education is a topic of current national interest as the sector will...

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When Patrick Geddes first promoted the ‘think locally, act globally’ concept over a hundred years ago his perspectives were doubtless bounded by his awareness of the social geography of the early 20th century and fruitful...

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  My week was due to start with a journey to Sydney and then time spent catching up around Parramatta, with NSW Government officers and with fellow VCs. The increased COVID risk around the Sydney...

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Under a cerulean blue sky, Armidale is welcoming spring and I gather the same is true across the state as we emerge from under the Antarctic weather bubble; one feels joyous! This week has prompted...

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I have just come back from Tamworth, up the New England Highway in the rain and wind; note to self, remember warm clothes and waterproofs when heading out this weekend.. I did remember my all-weather...

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On a manic Friday in what should have been a short week, I am still sitting with a large pile of paper work (yes paperwork!) holding me hostage at my desk! I have had endless...

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Dear UNE Students, Delivering a high-quality student experience has been identified as the key to the future direction of UNE by respondents to UNE 21+. Since it was launched five weeks ago, 800+ people have...

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