Notes from the VC’s Desk

A weekly newsletter direct from our Vice-Chancellor & CEO, Professor Brigid Heywood. Stay up to date with the latest goings on around UNE.

Incredible to me that it is May 1st already; with so much going on the passing of time has not registered quite as much as it usually does or perhaps the context of it is...

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I spent the week based in my new alternate office in the Dixson Library with all sorts of people dropping in to say hi; clearly the Easter break and contingent respite has worked wonders! I...

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With the stimulus of amazing autumn weather across the long weekend it was great to open the windows, shake out the gremlins and attack a host of chores – basically anything that did not require Zoom!...

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After weeks in the COVID-19 bubble, I am sure like the majority I have adapted to a new life where I know how many circuits of my study I have to complete to achieve a...

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It is the first Friday in April and I admit to be slightly stunned; part of my brain is still working through my March to do list. Of course our lives have been turned up-side...

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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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