A meeting of pioneering minds
- On Thursday 24 September the Macquarie Theatre foyer will open its doors to all, to showcase the work of several key strategic areas of the University and provide staff with the chance to interact, ask questions and share their ideas.
- "Cross-disciplinary teams across campus have been hard at work developing and delivering projects that support our values and strategic priorities," said Director of Strategic Planning, Associate Professor James Rabeau. "The exhibition will be an opportunity to shine the light on some of this great work and provide staff with a look at some key initiatives in development."
- Exhibitors include:
- Campus Master Plan
- Health research projects
- Macquarie International
- Research Framework implementation
Fewer bounces of the ball
- A crucial element of our student experience is access to wellbeing and other support services, accurate advice and referral - processes that were identified for streamlining by members of the Student Engagement for Success strategic initiative last year.
- Now, following the implementation of a Business Process Improvement Initiative (BPII) that pinpointed key opportunities for improvement, the University has developed a set of resources, standard processes and tips for staff in front line roles to enhance how students are referred across campus to our varied support services.
- Learning and Teaching Week is our annual celebration of learning and teaching at Macquarie, and offers our community the chance to discuss the ways in which staff, students, alumni, industry and community partners, and the broader society, connect with resources, research and expertise.
- "Macquarie's Learning and Teaching Strategy (White Paper) will be one of a number of topics expected to draw much discussion during Learning and Teaching Week," said Dr Theresa Winchester-Seeto, Head Curriculum and Academic Practice Group, Learning and Teaching Centre. "The White Paper will be the blueprint on how Macquarie can further connect with industry leaders and ensure our graduates access quality employment opportunities."
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The talk of the town (hall)
- Last week, staff from all corners of the campus gathered to share in discussion at the Learning and Teaching Green Paper town hall, and provide feedback to inform and develop our Learning and Teaching Framework.
- "The Town Hall meeting was a very engaging event which provided some great feedback. Following both that event, and the wide range of consultation meetings, the reference group is keen to progress the conversation via this addendum" said Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) Professor Sherman Young.
- Access a copy of the addendum, or access a copy of the Green Paper
- Last week staff and higher degree research students were invited to imagine Macquarie in 2024 at the Research Weather Report 3.0 event, and learn more about our growing research profile.
- "We need to conduct research that changes the world," said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Sakkie Pretorius. "In 2014 we celebrated fifty years, now we look forward to 2024 and further develop our institutional and cultural legacy of research excellence."
- Following the implementation of a Business Process Improvement Initiative to streamline our offer to enrolment process, Macquarie is rolling out a new coordinated and tactical approach to student recruitment in Session 2.
- The process, which encompasses an offer to study, offer acceptance, initial enrolment, unit choice, and enrolment into classes, was reviewed as a Lean Methodology Rapid Improvement Event (RIE), to address inefficiencies and produce a plan to streamline the process for domestic undergraduate and postgraduate course work students.
The conversation is open
A new era of development
- In the first phase of a 10-year plan to holistically address the lifecycle of campus buildings and infrastructure, Property will launch the renewal of E7A on 9 June .
- "Our plan is to create a vibrant and sustainable campus through upgrading services and by adopting contemporary approaches to the design of workplace and learning environments," said Property Director, Mark Broomfield.
Framing of Futures gains momentum
- The implementation of initiatives from Our University: A Framing of Futures continues in 2015 with a number of projects completed with many others making steady progress.
Putting policy into practice
- In 2014, the University embarked on a review of its Policy Framework, to establish the whys and wherefores of policy and procedure at Macquarie. Following consultation with key stakeholders across campus, a new Policy Framework was recently endorsed by the University Executive and approved by University Council.
- "This review has resulted in a new approach to policy development and approval at Macquarie," said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Registrar) Deidre Anderson. "This is a significant achievement for the University, and ties in with Our University: A Framing of Futures Strategic Priority 7: Improving aspects of our support services."
Aligning experiences for pathway students
- With the commencement of the new College Director Jake Garman earlier this year, work on the establishment of the University's new pathway college has stepped up.
- "Macquarie University's innovative approaches to learning and teaching and its life-transforming student experience will inform the development of the College's new pathway programs," said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor John Simons.
Research Weather Report 3.0
- Four months have passed since the implementation of the Strategic Research Framework began. Now, Professor Sakkie Pretorius, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), will update the University on the implementation of Macquarie's research vision.
- Please join Professor Pretorius in the Macquarie Theatre on Tuesday 26 May, 1pm-2pm as he outlines the Strategic Research Framework underpinning Macquarie's accelerating research performance. Register your attendance.
The end of another ERA
- On Thursday 9 April Macquarie successfully certified and completed its 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) submission.
- "Developing the best possible submission for ERA is one of the top priorities for the University," said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Sakkie Pretorius. "This has been a real team effort and I would like to thank everyone who played a role in helping us finalise this significant piece of work."
Celebrating our finest
- The 2015 Research Excellence Awards will showcase the University's Strategic Research Framework (2015 - 2025) and is one of many initiatives working towards bringing life to our ten-year research framework.
- "We are very excited to align our Research Excellence Awards with the Strategic Research Framework (2015 - 2024)," said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Sakkie Pretorius."We are committed to celebrating research across the range of disciplines at Macquarie and feel this shift in alignment will better capture areas of research strength and productivity."
And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche
- Released last week, the Learning and Teaching Green Paper is designed to spark collegial discussion on Learning and Teaching at Macquarie and encourages everyone to engage with its ideas, and provide feedback to inform and develop our final Learning and Teaching Framework.
- Access a copy of the Green Paper
€1M for new International Research Partnership
- The German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) has awarded 1 million euros to support the development of a trilateral strategic research partnership between the University of Hamburg (Germany), Macquarie University and Fudan University (China).
A new start to the end process
- Key HDR process improvements have occurred in direct response to Objective 2 in the University's Strategic Research Framework, which aims to ensure HDR support services enrich the research experience and enable research goals.
Brand new day
- The public-focused aspects of the Macquarie University website, including our homepage, now show off our new visual identity thanks to the joint efforts of staff in marketing and IT.
Industry expert appointed Centre Director
- Professor Mark Gabbott, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE), has announced the appointment of Dr Henry Cutler as Director of the Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE).
Your campus - the big picture
Director of Property Mark Broomfield couldn't be busier; he's overseeing around $60 million worth of campus development projects this year. "The projects are a mix of upgrades and expansions of our teaching and research facilities, as well as some far-horizon works that will improve the day-to-day student and staff experience of being on campus," Mark says.
Welcome on board
A vision for 2015
- Welcome to the new academic year from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor S Bruce Dowton, 2014: 50 years Still different, A new identity for Macquarie University, The shape of things to come and 2015: From planning to action.