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The Scan #175 11 December 2015

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ News __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ VET FEE-HELP skewering system   11 December 2015      |       Explosive growth in the VET FEE-HELP scheme has masked massive direct public disinvestment in vocational education and training. While a report by NCVER shows a notional growth of 1.7% in 2014 over 2013 (plus $141.0 million, from $8512.4 million to $8653.4 million), it’s all in VET-FEE Help payments: actual direct expenditure by governments, … [Read more...]

Murdoch names new vice-chancellor

3 December 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Internationally experienced university leader and academic, Professor Eeva Leinonen has been selected as Murdoch University’s next vice-chancellor, which has been shaken for more than a year by power struggles and a probe by the West Australian Corruption and Crime Commission.. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Professor Leinonen is currently a deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Wollongong, a role she has held since 2012. Prior to this she was Vice Principal (Education) at King’s College London. She has an academic background in linguistics and psychology and has extensive experience in higher education in the United … [Read more...]

Alan Finkel to be Australia’s new Chief Scientist

16  November 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Dr Alan Finkel, is to be  Australia’s new Chief Scientist. He will take over the role once the sitting Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, finishes his five-year stint in the job on December 31 this year.. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Finkel was most recently Chancellor of Monash University, a post he has held since 2008. He is also the President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). Finkel is an outspoken advocate for science awareness and popularisation. He is a patron of the Australian Science Media Centre and has helped launch … [Read more...]

Stephen Parker to step down from UC

University of Canberra   ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Professor Stephen Parker AO, vice-chancellor and president of the University of Canberra, will step down on 1 July 2016, after 9 years in the job. …………………………………………………………………………………….......……   Chancellor Tom Calma praised Professor Parker's visionary guidance and leadership to significantly transform the university into a world-ranked institution and thanked him for his relentless drive to revitalise the campus for the benefit of students, staff and the Canberra community. Stephen Parker has made an outstanding contribution not only through his role to grow and develop the University of Canberra but to Australian … [Read more...]

Education policy and research expert appointed to lead Mitchell Institute

Mitchell Institute  21 October 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… A leading education policy and research leader, Dr Sara Glover, has been appointed as Director of the Mitchell Institute. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… A leading education policy and research leader, Dr Sara Glover, has been appointed as Director of the Mitchell Institute. Dr Glover has extensive experience working in government, higher education and research sectors across the fields of education, adolescent health, and education systems data and evaluation. She brings an international network of education leaders to Mitchell, and an understanding of how Australian education systems can change … [Read more...]

Simon McKeon appointed Monash chancellor

Monash News  21 October 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Distinguished businessman and social entrepreneur Simon McKeon AO has been appointed by Monash University Council as the new Chancellor of Monash University. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Mr McKeon succeeds Dr Alan Finkel AO, who has served as Chancellor since January 2008. Monash University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO said she is looking forward to working with Mr McKeon. His leadership and vision will be instrumental in continuing Monash’s outstanding success in an increasingly competitive and rapidly evolving sector and supporting its goals to enhance its students’ … [Read more...]

Steven Schwartz to chair ACARA

ACARA News | 24 June 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM has been appointed as the new Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) Board. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… ACARA CEO, Robert Randall, welcomed Professor Schwartz’s appointment , saying that: Professor Schwartz brings extensive experience in the education sector to his new position as ACARA Board Chair. He has served as a vice-chancellor and president of three universities (Macquarie and Murdoch Universities in Australia, and Brunel University in England). A prize-winning researcher, teacher and author of 13 books, he is also the … [Read more...]

Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt to head ANU

ANU News   |    24 June 2015 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………   Professor Brian Schmidt AC has been appointed the next Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU).  He will take up the position on 1 January 2016 at the conclusion of the term of current Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young AO. …………………………………………………………………………………….......……  Brian Schmidt and Gareth Evans speak of Schmidt's appointment as ANU vice-chancellor ANU chancellor  Gareth Evans AC said the University Council is delighted the renowned astrophysicist and winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics had accepted the offer to become the University's 12th Vice-Chancellor. Brian Schmidt is … [Read more...]

Peter Whitely to drive VET growth agenda

UTas News | 16 June 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania plans to significantly increase its VET student numbers by developing new courses to meet changing industry demands, improving flexible delivery options and expanding into key international markets, with the appointment of Peter Whitely as Vocational Education and Training and Deputy Director, National Centre for Ports and Shipping. …………………………………………………………………………………….......……  Associate Professor Whitley has held senior executive positions across both the university and TAFE sectors and joins AMC from the Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE. He has extensive … [Read more...]

Ian Jacobs takes over at UNSW

16 April 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Professor Ian Jacobs commenced as Vice-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales in February 2015, succeeding Fred Hilmer, who stepped down after eight years in the role. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......……   Professor Jacobs came to Australia from the UK, where he had a distinguished career as a leading researcher in the area of women’s health and cancer and in university leadership. Immediately prior to joining UNSW he was Vice President and Dean at the University of Manchester and Director of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, a partnership linking the University with six healthcare … [Read more...]