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Monday 1 May 2017

 

Time Session Venue/Room
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm HR Directors Forum
(AHEIA Members by Invitation Only)
Albert Room (Level 2)
InterContinental Sydney
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Welcome drinks and registration Treasury Room (Level 1)
InterContinental Sydney

Conference Day 1 - Tuesday 2 May 2017

Time Session Venue/Room Speaker
8:30 am - 8:50 am Welcome

James Cook 
Ballroom

Stuart Andrews

Executive Director, AHEIA, Australia

8:50 am - 9:20 am

Plenary Session 1
Challenges facing universities: Australia

In this session, Professor Vann will share with you:
•    Funding and Higher Education Policy;
•    Technological and pedagogical change;
•    Student Demand and the Higher Education Market;
•    How universities are responding; and
•    Implications for jobs, industrial arrangements and structures.

James Cook
Ballroom

Professor Andrew Vann

Vice-Chancellor,
Charles Sturt University, Australia
President, AHEIA, Australia

9:25 am - 10:45 am

Plenary session 2
Bargaining developments and trends: Australia,
New Zealand and UK

This session will focus on:
•    The key items/priorities for each country; and
•    High level information with detail available, if requested.

James Cook
Ballroom

Peter Raymond

Workplace Relations Consultant, 
AHEIA, Australia

Steve Wragg

Manager, Employment Law and Employment Relations,
Victoria University of Wellington,
New Zealand

Helen Fairfoul

Chief Executive, UCEA, UK

10:45 am - 11:05 am Morning Tea Ballroom Foyer
11:05 am - 12:00 pm

Plenary Session 3
Challenges facing universities:
UK and Canada

This session will focus on:
•    The big issues and broader challenges for universities including the student experience and increasing expectations, need for innovation, and research;

•    Financial sustainability; and
•    Accountability to key stakeholders, including government, employers, and local and wider communities.

James Cook
Ballroom

Professor Stuart Corbridge

Vice-Chancellor and Warden,
Durham University, UK
UCEA Board member

Dr Thomas Chase

Provost and Vice-President (Academic),
University of Regina, Canada
Chair, FBS, Canada

12:05 pm - 1:00 pm

Plenary Session 4
Bargaining developments and trends:  
Canada and USA

In this session, Nancy and Daniel will share with you:
•    The key items/priorities for each country; and
•    High level information with detail available, if requested.

James Cook
Ballroom

Nancy Sullivan

Field Officer, Faculty Bargaining Services, Canada

Dr Daniel Julius

Provost and Senior Vice President,
New Jersey City University, USA

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch Café Opera Restaurant
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

Plenary Session 5
Contingent academic employment
 

In this session, the three speakers:

•    Professor Leo Goedegebuure will discuss the situation with contingent staff in Australia, covering the most recent data, the increasing emphasis on teaching specialist career trajectories and the need for continued flexibility in academic careers.

•    Professor Angela Hildyard will discuss the situation with contingent staff at the University of Toronto, including some strategies adopted to ensure an appropriate mix of faculty and other instructors and that quality assessment is integral to the selection of instructors.

•    Amy Norton will discuss the context for the contingent academic workforce in England; presenting facts, figures, trends and profiles of these staff, with a particular focus on teaching academics in both the publicly funded and private/alternative provider parts of the HE sector. She will raise the public policy considerations surrounding contingent academics and pose some questions for discussion.

James Cook
Ballroom

Professor Leo Goedegebuure

Director, LH Martin Institute, Australia

Professor Angela Hildyard

Senior Advisor to the President,
University of Toronto, Canada
Professor of Higher Education

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Canada

Amy Norton

Senior Policy Officer
Higher Education Funding Council for England, UK

2:55 pm - 3:40 pm Concurrent Sessions    

Concurrent Session 1A
 IR year in review: Australian case law affecting universities
 

James Cook Ballroom

Stuart Pill

Partner, Clayton Utz, Australia

Concurrent Session 1B
Supporting and retaining early career academics and researchers - International perspectives

In this session, Kathryn and Laurence will share with you:

•    Retention of early career academics - why we should care about what they care about;
•    Supporting the career development of researchers; and
•    Employment conditions for early career faculty.

Albert
Room

Dr Kathryn Sutherland

Associate Dean,
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Laurence Hopkins

Head of Research, UCEA, UK

Concurrent Session 1C
Academic work allocation and roles

Heritage
Room

Liz Baré

Honorary Senior Fellow,
LH Martin Institute, Australia

Dean Morley

Human Resources Director,
Royal College of Art, UK

3:40 pm - 4:00 pm Afternoon Tea Ballroom Foyer
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Plenary Session 6
Governance and unions

In this session, Dr. Chase with share with you:
•    The roles of management, staff and unions;
•    Accountability for decision making; and
•    Conflicts of interest.

James Cook
Ballroom

Dr Thomas Chase

Provost and Vice-President (Academic),
University of Regina, Canada

Chair, FBS, Canada

4:45 pm - 4:50 pm Close of Conference Day 1
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm Conference DinnerMuseum of Contemporary Art (MCA)

Conference Day 2 - Wednesday 3 May 2017

Time Session Venue/Room Speaker
8:45 am - 8:50 am Welcome

James Cook 
Ballroom

Stuart Andrews

Executive Director, AHEIA, Australia

8:50 am - 10:20 am

Plenary Session 7

The university workforce of the future

In this session, William will:
•    outline some of the significant shifts in the HE landscape;
•    examine some of the main trends in staffing patterns and models in HE, in particular, the ‘unbundling’ of academic work and experiences of early career academics;
•    identify the key challenges for policymakers, leaders and managers; and
•    report on efforts to research the changes in the HE workforce and to rethink academic work and careers.

In addition, Professor Heywood will address the following through the lens of scholarship:
•    future design of academic roles in a modern university environment;
•    managing academic performance; and
•    shaping the new academy.

James Cook
Ballroom

 

William Locke (Keynote)

Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Higher Education, 
University College London, UK

Professor Brigid Heywood

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research),
University of Tasmania, Australia

10:20 am - 10:45 am

Morning Tea

 

Ballroom Foyer

10:45 am - 11:50 am

Plenary Session 8
Academic pathways

In this session, the speakers will share with you:

•    Trends and drivers in the changing mix of types of academic appointments, including rigidity of current structures;
•    The need to increase flexibility in career progression, including the options to shift emphases among/between teaching, research and engagement;
•    Exploration of casualisation;
•    Implications for collective bargaining and the terms and conditions of employment; and
•    Academic Promotion – a consistent and fair approach to promotion and career progression through robust criteria, guidance and support.

James Cook
Ballroom

 

Professor Leo Goedegebuure

Director, LH Martin Institute, Australia

Susan Shutter

Pro Vice-Chancellor,
Director of Human Resources, 
Regent’s University London, UK

James Butler

Director, Faculty Bargaining Services, Canada

11:55am - 1:00 pm

Plenary Session 9
Measuring, managing and rewarding performance

In this session, Professor Burt will share with you:

•    Scoping the need for better academic performance measurement and management;
•    Articulating the vision;
•    Development of Individual Academic Profiles;
•    Determining expectations of the Adelaide Academic; and
•    Implementation and next steps.

James Cook
Ballroom

Professor Stuart Corbridge

Vice-Chancellor and Warden,
Durham University, UK

Professor Alastair Burt

Executive Dean,
Health & Medical Sciences,
University of Adelaide, Australia

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch

Café Opera Restaurant
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Plenary Session 10
Work Experience in Higher Education: Assessing the Legal Risks in Australia, Canada and the UK

In this session, Professor Stewart with share with you:

•    Prevalence of internships, placements and other forms of work experience in the modern labour market;
•    Role of higher education institutions in providing and promoting work experience, both formally and informally;
•    The law regulating (or potentially regulating) work experience in Australia, Canada and the UK;
•    Can interns be employees? and
•    Managing the legal risks: some gratuitous advice.

James Cook
Ballroom

Professor Andrew Stewart

Professor of Law,
University of Adelaide, Australia

2:50 pm - 3:35 pm Concurrent Sessions    

Concurrent Session 2A

The sessional academic workforce: University of Newcastle, Australian case study

  • Future of Higher Education (increased use of sessional academics; hybrid roles)
  • UON Academy (puts people first)
  • Transformational leadership (empowering managers to treat sessional academic staff as a valued workforce)
  • Q&A

 

James Cook Ballroom

Professor John Germov

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts (Sociology and Anthropology) University of Newcastle, Australia

Tina Crawford

Deputy Director, Workforce Strategy & Transformation University of Newcastle, Australia

Concurrent Session 2B

Inclusion and diversity at the University of Toronto

The University of Toronto has a long standing institutional commitment to Equity and Diversity and is located in one of the most diverse cities in the world.  However, it is apparent that our faculty and staff do not reflect the diversity of our 85,000 students.  This session will outline measures that the University is taking to increase the diversity of faculty and staff with respect to Race and Ethnicity and Indigenous status.  Such measures include:

a) the collection of equity data from all employees  on race and ethnicity in addition to other diversity measures such as gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, specific aboriginal status, disability;

b) anti-bias training for search committees;

c) the collection of diversity data from job applicants;

d) special initiatives being  developed in partnership with Black faculty members, to increase the representation of Black faculty; and

e) special initiatives being developed in partnership with our Indigenous Community and Elders, to increase the representation of Indigenous faculty.

Albert
Room

 

Professor Angela Hildyard

Senior Advisor to the President and former Vice-President Human Resources and Equity University of Toronto, Canada

Professor of Higher Education Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Concurrent Session 2C

Gender issues in higher education

In this session Helen and Candice will address:

  • Research on gender issues in higher education – popular paths, silent avenues, and new directions
  • Initiatives to advance gender equality in the HE sector
  • Gender pay reporting and employer action in the UK
  • Gender pay as leverage in UK pay bargaining and joint work with the trade unions
  • Why the HE sector should pay attention to wider gendered trends in society

Heritage
Room

Professor Candice Harris

Associate Dean Academic (Acting) Professor of Management Faculty of Business, Economics & Law, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Helen Fairfoul

Chief Executive, UCEA, UK

3:35 pm - 3:55 pm

Afternoon Tea

Ballroom Foyer
3:55 pm - 4:45 pm

Plenary Session 11

Being a global university - Perspectives from a VC and an HRD

James Cook
Ballroom

Professor Steve Chapman

Vice-Chancellor and President Edith Cowan University, Australia

Indi Seehra

HR Director, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm Conference Close & Lucky Draw