Notes from the VC’s Desk

The mornings are misty, the days bright and sunny. Red and gold abound as the colours of Autumn decorate nature’s palette here in New England.  I realised this morning I had been too busy to...

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We are living through interesting times… With much of the planet beset by the threat of a fast spreading, highly contagious virus, the natural social dynamics are being challenged. Most of my effort this week...

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There can be little doubt that we are living through difficult times and I am sure, like most people, that the challenge of living out our lives in the face of yet another emerging crisis...

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This week, I am hopeful that UNE colleagues will be relieved to hear that whilst many Australians were out prowling the lanes of supermarkets for toilet rolls, the VC was otherwise engaged. Two days this...

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This week started with commencement and ended with teleconferences on the matter of the emerging global pandemic and Australia’s response. UNE students both old and new are returning to their studies after the summer break...

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Another week of interesting news and events.. The world remains gripped by the ongoing spread of COVID-19 infections; the unfurling reality of the epidemic both in human and economic terms does not make for pleasant...

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Rain, rain and more rain! I have spent the week in Sydney where it has rained kangaroos and wallabies every day. I visited our Parramatta campus on Monday to meet with staff and discuss how...

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It seems that we have moved quickly from one set of environmental challenges to a medical emergency. Overnight the World Health Organisation has determined the spread of the novel coronavirus has reached global epidemic proportions. We...

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Given we are only three weeks into the new year with many staff still on annual leave it is amazing how busy we already are! With Trimester 3 just finishing and registration still in play...

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The energy of the campus lifted this week as people started returning from their holidays. I suspect the greening effect of the recent rain, after months of brown earth and dust, also contributed to the...

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Welcome back one and all. I hope that the summer break has provided a time for refresh and renewal as well as the space to catch up with family and friends. As a new decade...

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After the hustle and bustle of graduation, the Armidale campus fell quiet this week – those staff remaining were very much focused on completing critical year end tasks. Much of my week was dominated by...

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As dawn broke on day 347 of 2019 I was listening to the news updates from both New Zealand and the United Kingdom – both places which are dear to me. In common with my...

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As week 48 of 2019 draws to a close I am in the familiar space of working out what I must complete before year end and whether I am ready for the festive season; the...

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