University of Wollongong Vice-Chancellor Professor Patricia M. Davidson

UOW Vice-Chancellor to deliver annual Professor Alan Owen Lecture

UOW Vice-Chancellor to deliver annual Professor Alan Owen Lecture

Lecture to highlight roles and responsibilities of universities in modern society

UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Patricia M. Davidson will deliver the annual Alan Owen Lecture on Friday 10 December 2021.

The annual event honours Professor Owen’s legacy and his contributions to a range of community service activities as well as his collective efforts in health services research.

In this lecture, Professor Davidson will touch upon key roles modern universities can play in today’s ever-changing society and the paradigm shifts and the long-term impacts caused by the pandemic.

“I believe research and investment in cutting edge technologies to solve complex issues and concurrently producing future-ready talent will remain some of the key priorities for universities across the globe,” Professor Davidson said.

“The pandemic has shown the world how quickly things can change and we have to remain resilient and adapt to changes as the situation demands.

“For decades, universities have played an important role in research, learning and teaching, and technology and have provided the educational foundation for training and producing highly-skilled talents. This trend will continue for decades to come.

“Universities have the responsibility to create future opportunities and that can be achieved by investing in our students by having a practical problems-based approach and complementing that with our research programs to solve complex issues.”

Professor Alan was a strong advocate for better mental health, aged care and community care and believed passionately in consumer empowerment underpinned by strong public policy that emphasises fairness and decency.

UOW’s Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI), will host the lecture, which can be attended in person (in line with current COVID-19 health orders) or streamed online.


When: Friday 10 December at 4:30pm AEST

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