Excellence Initiative

Conference January 2014

The Excellence Through Partnerships initiative was launched with a conference for all administrative staff in Schools and Faculties on 7 January 2014. Other professional services staff were invited to participate to reinforce the commitment to strengthen relationships across the academic division. The event included interactive workshops and keynote presentations from:

  • Pam Tatlow, CEO of university think-tank million+
  • Dr Carroll Graham, Executive Manager, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Dr Kenton Lewis, Partnership Manager at the Higher Education Academy and trustee of the Association of University Administrators.



Higher Education 2014-2016

Competition vs Collaboration

Pam Tatlow, CEO of million+

As well as giving an overview of the work of million+, some of the topics in Pam Tatlow’s keynote presentation included the changes in UK higher education funding and the effects and a ‘behind the headlines’ look at the value of a UK degree.



Professional Identity in University Administration:

The Importance of Collective Self Confidence

Dr Kenton Lewis, Partnership Manager at the Higher Education Academy and trustee of the Association of University Administrators

Dr Kenton Lewis looked at the effect of changes in higher education on professional and administrative support staff, and the importance of championing their role as a rewarding career that contibutes to higher education and society as a whole.



Pedagogical Partnerships and Professionalisation:

Changing Work and Identity of Professional Staff at One Australian University

Dr Carroll Graham, Executive Manager, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney

Professional staff comprise more than 50% of employees in Australian universities – in her presentation, Dr Carroll Graham spoke about her research into their work in relation to student outcomes.

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