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Academic Board forums

About Academic Board forums

The Academic Board of the University of Technology Sydney presents academic forums on issues and topics of interest to the academic community. Its discussion program includes 'forums' and 'mini-forums'.

Forums are designed to appeal to both students and staff and are aimed at stimulating debate and discussion on issues at the forefront of higher education. They feature a range of presenters including leading researchers, and representatives from employer bodies, business and student bodies. They include external speakers as well as UTS speakers. Each provides thought provoking and challenging insights into current issues of relevance to the academic community.

Mini-forums are more relaxed and regular affairs, with staff and students invited to bring along their lunch. The format usually involves a presentation on a topic of immediate relevance, which is followed by debate and discussion. Mini-forums last one hour (usually the lunch hour). They allow members of the UTS community to respond to unfolding events and to participate in the development of ideas and debate issues of immediate concern.

Innovation at UTS and Beyond

This forum looked at innovation, transdisciplinarity and how our students are engaging with industry to innovate, with UTS and external speakers addressing these topics.

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL): We have the WIL, but what is the way? (October 2015)

This forum focused on work-integrated learning, addressing university and industry perspectives.

For more information, see Work-Integrated Learning.

Academic year dates 2016 (October 2014)

Academic Board hosted a forum in October 2014, where Professor Peter Booth gave a presentation on the proposed revisions to the 2016 academic year teaching periods.

See Academic Year Dates 2016 for the full presentation.

Course accreditation and approval process (April 2014)

The purpose of this information session, held in April 2014, was to engage with academic staff on a core business activity of Academic Board, the Course Accreditation and the Approval Process. While many are engaged in different stages of the process for accreditation and reaccreditation of courses, the aim of the session was also to provide an overview of what is involved in the entire framework.

For more information, see Course Accreditation and Approval Process Information Session.

The future of learning: how they want it, where they want it, when they want it? (2013)

This Academic Board Q&A event was designed to stimulate the sharing of information and excite discussion among the UTS community on this very important topic. It was led by leaders in the field of new teaching and learning platforms.

For more information, see The Future of Learning.

Academic Board Event (2012)

This event for all UTS community members in July 2012 included a presentation by Professor Hilary Winchester on Academic Board best practice and a Q&A-style panel session, 'Higher Education: Risky business? Everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask'.

For more information, see Academic Board Event.

The AUQA debate (September 2011)

The purpose of this forum, held in September 2011, was to engage with academic staff in a way that is light-hearted but informative on the topic of Practice Orientated Education as one of the themes for the upcoming AUQA audit.

For more information, see The AUQA Debate.

The future of academic work and careers (May 2011)

The purpose of this forum, held in May 2011, was to engage with academic staff on what academic work and careers will look like in the future. The higher education sector is facing a serious staff supply problem in many disciplines over the next five to ten years. UTS is developing strategies which seek to address this and other universities are already implementing strategies and new approaches.

Papers presented at the forum are available for UTS staff at The Future of Academic Work and Careers.

The changing nature of scholarship (2005)

This was a discussion forum on the changing nature of scholarship and the role of scholarship in realising the University's twin aspirations of excellence in teaching and research. The forum raised some interesting ideas about the nature of academic collegiality. Themes discussed included:

  • Is teaching scholarship?
  • What good are colleagues?
  • How do we know when we've achieved scholarly excellence?
  • How does a high (or low) level of scholarship affect the delivery of a course? How would students notice the difference?
  • How do we maintain a discourse about scholarship?

See Notes from Academic Board mini-forum 13 April 2005 (PDF) for a full report.

Thinking about plagiarism — ethical dilemmas of the internet era (2004)

'Thinking about plagiarism — ethical dilemmas of the internet era' was held on Wednesday 21 April 2004. The aim of the forum was to stimulate debate about the challenges posed by the issue of plagiarism, and posed the following questions for discussion:

  • Does our traditional understanding of plagiarism and copyright, both concepts which have been developed for a print age, still apply, or does our understanding have to be fundamentally modified for the internet era?
  • Are notions of originality and ownership of content universal? What are the cultural elements? Do we need different models for different cultural groups or for different disciplines?
  • What are the key challenges facing universities in the areas of copyright and plagiarism, and how will UTS respond to these challenges?
  • Are we preparing and benefiting graduates for their post-university experiences in the internet era, and advancing research in this area?

Speakers included Dale Spender, Joyce Kirk, Alastair Pennycook, Rebekah Doran, Peter Kandlbinder, Andrew Litchfield and Alex Barthel.

See Thinking about plagiarism for papers presented at this forum.

Productive community engagement (2003)

The April 2003 forum was held to stimulate discussion about community engagement, and it was successful in providing the University with a way forward with its community engagement initiatives. It was chaired by Mr Alex Byrne and featured a panel of high profile speakers whose contribution to the debate threw new light on the community engagement challenge. Questions posed by the forum included:

  • Are current community engagement practices preparing and benefiting graduates for their post-university experiences, advancing research or otherwise returning value to UTS?
  • What are some of the key challenges facing universities in the area of community engagement, and how will UTS respond to these challenges?
  • How can community engagement activity be measured and evaluated? How do we know if it is adding value to community, staff and students?

See Productive community engagement.