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Federation Training chief quits

Federation Training   |   9 February 2018 Federation Training has announced that its Managing Director of 20 months, Jonathon Davis, will leave the institute on Thursday 15 February 2018, for family reasons.  Davis's wife became seriously ill last year and he took extended leave to care for her. He said that his wife's carehas become his priority:  The Managing Director’s role at Federation Training is a particularly demanding one, both physically in terms of the travel given its geographical coverage, and in context of our Victorian TAFE sector during a time of significant rebuilding. After much reflection, I know the time is right to prioritise my wife’s recovery. The chair … [Read more...]

The Scan’s year

Summer edition 2016 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Scan in 2015 This year’s top ten reads were heavily skewed towards the “VET crisis” and attempts by authorities (rather belatedly in our view) to stamp out the obvious rorting, particularly in VET FEE-HELP funding, which has been truly scandalous. In fact, the number one post this year on The Scan is also the number one post of all time and by quite a bit. If you enter “rorting” in the … [Read more...]

Neil Coulson appointed Victoria’s first Skills Commissioner

16 December 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Mr Coulson has extensive experience working in industry and was the CEO of the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) from 2000 to 2007.  He has also held a number of other senior roles in industry including Chief of Australian Manufacturer Jacyo Corporation from 2007 to 2012 and was a member of the Victorian Learning and Employment Skills Commission between 2001 and 2004. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The Commissioner’s role is to work with industry to ensure that Victorian students get skills that will lead to real jobs and real productivity for industry and employers. In announcing the … [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...]

Go8’s new chair

26  November 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Dr Michael Spence is the 25th Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney and takes over as Group of Eight (Go8) Chair for two years from 1 January 2016, succeeding ANU's Ian Young. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Australian born, the son of a high school headmaster (and presumably Mrs Spence), Dr Spence graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in English, Italian and law (working “five or six part time jobs” along the way).  He then lectured in law at the University and worked for the Australian Copyright Council before moving to the UK to undertake doctoral studies. Dr Spence is recognised … [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...]

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...]

Leadership changes at Evocca

22 July 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… After becoming embroiled in controversy over some of its marketing practices, Evocca College has restructured its Executive Leadership Team with the appointment of Craig White as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective as of 1 July 2015, following the decision of former Managing Director Robert Gordon to step down from this role and focus on his Board position. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), which is currently held by Mr White will be filled by KPMG Director David Schweitzer, effective as of 3 August 2015. An experienced and respected finance industry figure, Mr White has … [Read more...]

Vale Adrian Marron

Canberra Times    |      6 July 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Canberra Institute of Technology's former chief executive Adrian Marron died on 4 July after a long battle with leukaemia. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… ACT Education Minister Joy Burch described Mr Marron as a fierce advocate for CIT and "a true servant of the public good". Adrian understood the power for education to change lives for the better.  He understood well that to provide a person an education would make a difference. She said his legacy will continue through the many students' lives he influenced and through the institution, CIT, that he made so strong. Mr Marron began work … [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...]