WA Vice Chancellors' panel 2020

WA Vice Chancellors' panel 2020

Sep 15
CEDA’s annual Vice Chancellors' panel returns to examine the challenges faced by universities in a post-COVID world. What it means for revenue, international students and Australia’s workforce.
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Event Overview

Australia’s higher education sector was the nation’s fourth largest export in 2019 and has been a key contributor to the national economy. Before the pandemic hit, enrolments in WA were growing faster than the rest of the country.

Now, due to the loss of international students, universities are facing revenue shortfalls. The two largest universities in Western Australia are facing a combined revenue loss of $124 million and while Western Australia has weathered the pandemic well, the window for recovery is becoming narrower. The situation has consequences for WA's future workforce and composition, and directly impacts university staff.

Join representatives from a range of WA universities to gain insights into the challenges which COVID-19 has brought to the fore for universities, the complexities of the Job-ready Graduate Package and how this will forever change the way higher education is delivered in Western Australia.


Meet the panel

Prof. Selma Alliex
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of Campus, The University of Notre Dame of Australia

Selma was formerly the Dean of the School of Nursing on the Fremantle and Broome campuses and taught in the undergraduate and postgraduate program in the School as well as supervised higher degree students. Her area of expertise is nursing education and qualitative research. She has worked in all areas of nursing and has current nursing experience as a Community Health Nurse. As part of her administrative role, Selma in association with other academics is trialling many innovations in nursing education. 

Professor Amit Chakma
Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Australia

Amit served as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario from 2009 to 2019 and prior to this he served as Provost and Vice-President Academic at the University of Waterloo from 2001 to 2009. In addition to his university leadership roles, Amit served as Chair of the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities from 2017 to 2019. was Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Asian University for Women from 2013 to 2015; and chaired Canada’s Advisory Panel on International Education Strategy from 2011 to 2013. He made Perth his home in June 2020.

Professor Steve Chapman CBE
Vice-Chancellor, Edith Cowan University

Steve joined ECU in his current role in 2015. Prior to joining ECU, he was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh from 2009 and Vice-Principal at the University of Edinburgh from 2006. In 2001 Steve received the Interdisciplinary Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry for his ground-breaking work at the interface of chemistry and biology. He has published over 200 scientific papers in prestigious journals and has given numerous plenary lectures at international conferences. He was one of the founders of ScotCHEM, the research "pooling" exercise in Chemistry across Scotland. In Australia, Steve is Chair of the Higher Education Standards Panel appointed by the Minister for Education to provide expert advice to the Federal Government on maintaining and improving the quality and standards of Australia’s higher education and research.

Prof. John Cordery
Vice-Chancellor, Curtin University

John was appointed Curtin University’s Provost in July 2015 and became interim Vice-Chancellor in July 2020, assuming leadership of the University while the international search for a new Vice-Chancellor is completed. John came to Curtin from the University of Western Australia, where he was Professor in Management and Organisations within the UWA Business School and held a range of leadership positions, including Chair of Academic Board.

Prof. Eeva Leinonen
Vice-Chancellor, Murdoch University

Eeva joined Murdoch University as Vice Chancellor in April 2016, after three years of service as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Wollongong. She has an academic background in linguistics and psychology and has extensive experience in higher education in the United Kingdom, Europe and internationally. Prior to moving to Australia in 2012, Eeva held the position of Vice-Principal (Education) and Professor of Clinical Linguistics at King’s College, University of London.

Meet the facilitator

Mark Stickells
Executive Director, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Mark Stickells was appointed Executive Director of the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in July 2018. Pawsey is one of two, Tier-1, High Performance Computing facilities in Australia, with a primary function to accelerate scientific research for the benefit of the nation and to support Australia's participation in the Square Kilometre Array. An experienced R&D and technology executive, prior to joining Pawsey, Mr Stickells was the inaugural Director of Innovation and Industry Engagement at the University of WA and former Director of the Energy and Minerals Institute. He also chairs the Board of All Saints' College and its Foundation and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian Institute of Management.

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