Message from Professor Joe Chicharo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Welcome to the first edition of the University of Wollongong Academic newsletter. There are many exciting things happening across the portfolio which deserve to be highlighted and shared with colleagues and strategic partners and I felt this new quarterly newsletter would provide a forum to acknowledge great innovation and achievement.

I hope you enjoy reading about the accomplishments of your fellow staff and our students. I’m also delighted to share a key institutional update for 2018 - the unconditional renewal of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) as an accredited Australian university until March 2025.

UOW also secured the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) registration for a maximum of seven years to March 2025. CRICOS registration is required for Australian education providers that recruit, enrol and teach overseas students (on student visas) at specified locations within Australia. Our submission for CRICOS re-registration included a request to increase our on-shore international student capacity from 7,500 to 10,000. The latter was also approved by TEQSA.

We have a number of key priorities for the Academic Portfolio in 2018 and I thank the following leads and their teams for taking on these challenging tasks:

  1. Deliver the UOW Online strategy
    (Lead: Professor Maarten de Laat, Director Learning, Teaching and Curriculum)

  2. Enhancing the student voice and experience
    (Lead: Professor Julia Coyle, Pro Vice-Chancellor Students)

  3. Improving Attrition rate
    (Lead: Ms Maureen Dibden, Director Strategic Planning and Associate Deans Education)

  4. Course Portfolio Review and guiding principles
    (Lead: Mr Dominic Riordan, Director Academic Quality and Standards)

  5. Digital Library of the future
    (Lead: Ms Margie Jantti, Director Library Services)

  6. Deliver of Work Integrated Learning Strategy
    (Lead: Ms Nuala O’Donnell, Director Graduate Career Development and Employability)

  7. Curriculum Transformation: embedding/enhancing a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship
    (Lead: Dr Lisa Thomas, Deputy Director Learning, Teaching and Curriculum)

  8. Development of a 360 subject and course evaluation process
    (Lead: Mr Dominic Riordan, Director Academic Quality and Standards)

  9. Strategic Communications
    (Lead: Ms Emily Osborne, Director Strategic Marketing and Communications)

These priorities are ambitious in scale and impact and I look forward sharing updates from each of these throughout the year. Please enjoy the first edition of the Academic newsletter.

Professor Joe Chicharo