VC announces transformation of the student learning experience


Vice-Chancellor S Bruce Dowton has outlined a student-focused program to deliver on the Framing of Futures priority of transformative learning in a research-enriched environment.

Presenting to senior University leaders on 8 May, the Vice-Chancellor said the curriculum transformation program is founded in a changing higher education landscape.

“With Framing of Futures as our start point, we are undertaking a program that will deliver the resilience we need as a University to thrive in the future,” Professor Dowton said.

Citing recent changes in government policy along with international market shifts, Professor Dowton said the University has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to design and develop a curriculum that is fit for purpose for a changing world that is redefining what students need from a university education.

“Our students deserve a coherent, simple, easy to understand curricular structure that offers complete clarity of their study pathway, from start to finish,” the Vice-Chancellor said.

“They also deserve program options that equip them for the careers of tomorrow along with flexibility to be able to engage across disciplines including, in some cases, through programs that involve double degrees.”

A longer-term strategic shift will deliver on continuation of the University’s research-intensive aspiration with an increasing emphasis on STEMM.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Kevin Jameson and Chair of the Academic Senate, Professor Mariella Herberstein, are leading the program of work being undertaken through the Academic Senate and in the faculties.

Professor Herberstein said the student experience will be firmly at the centre of the change and decision-making process.

The University will transition to the new system by January 2020.

The Vice-Chancellor said, “Our opportunity is to see this as a re-set point for the University. We will become more agile and more aligned to the needs of students, delivering a richer experience for staff and students alike.”

Further updates will be provided as the project progresses.





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