Vice-Chancellors' panel

Vice-Chancellors' panel

Sep 12
The annual CEDA Vice-Chancellors' panel returns to examine drivers of the Australian higher education sector and priority areas to enhance graduate outcomes, research strengths, and international competitiveness. 

Event overview

Australia’s higher education system plays a critical role in fuelling innovation, driving productivity and equipping students with the skills to succeed now and in the future. The sector is integral to the long-term success of Australia’s economic and intellectual development. 

CEDA NSW/ACT Vice-Chancellors' discussion panel will explore the contribution of universities to Australia’s long-run of economic prosperity and comment on the future role of the higher education towards Australia’s continued economic and social advancement. The discussion panel provides an opportunity to profile:

  • Higher education policy priorities in 2019 and beyond to ensure the university sector is fit for the future;  
  • Maximising Australia’s education exports and opportunities in international education; 
  • Working with government and industry to strengthen research outcomes; and 
  • The changing nature of higher education – lifelong learning in the future of work. 

Event presentations

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the speakers

Prof. Attila Brungs
Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Technology Sydney

Professor Attila Brungs is the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Technology Sydney. He has previously held senior positions with CSIRO and McKinsey & Company. Professor Brungs is a Rhodes Scholar with a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford University and a University Medal in Industrial Chemistry from the University of New South Wales. Some of Professor Brungs’ present key appointments include the StartupAus Board, Sydney School of Entrepreneurship Board; the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council; Convenor, NSW Vice-Chancellor’s Committee; Chair, UniProjects; and the Federal Government’s National University Precincts Advisory Committee. Most recently, Professor Brungs was appointed a fellow of the Academy of Technology and Engineering. His experience includes many distinguished past board and committee memberships, including not-for-profit organisations, in addition to numerous state and federal government and institutional appointments. 

Prof. Greg Craven AO
Vice-Chancellor and President, Australian Catholic University

Professor Greg Craven is a lawyer, and academic, and has been Vice-Chancellor and President of Australian Catholic University (ACU) since 2008. Professor Craven has served on a wide range of public bodies. He chaired the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group and was Deputy Chair of the COAG Reform Council. He is a member of the Teacher Education Expert Standing Committee (TEESC) for the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) and the NSW Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (NSWVCC) representative on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Board’s Initial Teacher Education Committee (ITEC).

Prof. S Bruce Dowton
Vice-Chancellor and President, Macquarie University

Professor S Bruce Dowton was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of Macquarie University in 2012. He is a paediatrician, clinical geneticist, molecular biologist, researcher and academic, and has served as a senior medical executive at a range of universities, healthcare institutions and consulting organisations. Before joining the University, he served as a paediatrician at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, and as Clinical Professor of Paediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Since joining Macquarie, Professor Dowton has led the development of a comprehensive strategy to secure the University’s renown in education and discovery, based on a concept of ‘service and engagement’.

Prof. Brigid Heywood
Vice-Chancellor and CEO, University of New England

Prof. Heywood joins UNE from the University of Tasmania, where she was Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research). During her time in this role, UTas's research income lifted above $100 million for the first time, and its success rate with government research funder and support from industry were all improved significantly. Before joining UTas in 2015, Prof. Heywood was at New Zealand's Massey University, initially as Assistant Vice Chancellor – Research and Enterprise (2011–13), then Assistant Vice Chancellor – Research, Academic and Enterprise (2013–15). In these roles she was responsible for strategic development of the university's research and enterprise agenda, and for academic advancement of teaching and learning, curriculum development, quality assurance and student support. 

Prof. Denise Kirkpatrick
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Academic), Western Sydney University

Professor Denise Kirkpatrick has been appointed as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic) at the Western Sydney University. Professor Kirkpatrick commenced her appointment in January 2015. A highly regarded academic and educational leader, Professor Kirkpatrick was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) at the University of Adelaide. Professor Kirkpatrick holds a PhD and is recognised internationally for her scholarly contributions in the fields of technology enhanced learning and quality assurance in higher education.

Dr Michael Spence AC
Vice-Chancellor and Principal, The University of Sydney

Dr Michael Spence is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney – the first to open its doors in Australia in 1850. Under his leadership, the University is forging a distinctive strategy focused on the transformation of the undergraduate education; interdisciplinary research; improving the culture of the institution; simplifying organisational design; campus redevelopment; investment in research and teaching infrastructure and securing financial sustainability. He was instrumental in leading the University’s unprecedented $1 billion INSPIRED philanthropic campaign, and promoting greater academic partnerships with industry, government and community organisations.

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