Higher Education: The Current Crisis
2020 Sydney Research Webinar in Higher Education | History of University Life
The Current Crisis – Let’s Focus on Equity
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Wednesday 11 November, 4-5pm
Can Australian universities become more equitable? And what happens if they don’t?
This webinar explores how principles of access and equity manifest in our public universities. We examine current policies and critique how social disadvantage is not easily translated into widening university access, especially during crises.
Chaired by Julia Horne, Associate Professor in History, University Historian at the University of Sydney and co-convenor of History of University Life.
- Tim Payne is Director, Higher Education Policy and Projects, in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, the University of Sydney. He is an expert on Australian higher education policy and an experienced project lead for the establishment of strategic multi-disciplinary and cross-industry initiatives. In 2020, Tim was appointed Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the University of Sydney’s School of Education and Social Work.
- Gwilym Croucher is a senior lecturer in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne. A higher education analyst and researcher, he was a 2017–2018 Fulbright Scholar and has been a Chief Investigator on Australian Research Council and Office for Learning and Teaching funded projects. His latest book (with James Waghorne) is Australian Universities: A History of Common Cause (UNSW Press, 2020).
- Samantha McMahon is an Academic Fellow (Education Foundation Studies) in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. She is an educational sociologist who works on inclusive education and widening university participation in Australia. She is one of four co-authors of The Politics of Widening Participation and University Access for Young People: Making Educational Futures (Routledge, 2017).
- Julia Horne is Associate Professor in the Department of History who works on the history of higher education in Australia from 1850 to the present-day. Her books include Sydney the Making of a Public University (Miegunyah Press, 2012, co-authored with Geoffrey Sherington) and Preserving the Past: The University of Sydney and the Unified National System of Higher Education 1987-96, (Melbourne University Publishing, 2017, co-authored with Stephen Garton).
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- 2 December @4-5pm
Archiving University Life in the Age of Covid-19
These online seminars are brought to you by History of University Life Sydney Research Seminar in Higher Education. History of University Life began in 2008 as a joint forum between the University of Sydney and St Paul’s college to discuss the history and role of universities in Australian life.
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