The 2018 conference aims to encompass all aspects of innovation in tertiary education and capture the collaborative efforts we hope to nurture between industry, government and education providers to create the best outcomes for the tertiary education sector. This year’s conference will examine examples of innovation throughout the tertiary education sector as well as learnings which could be applied from other sectors.
With a highly interactive format, keynote speakers from within and outside the sector will provide insights into innovative activities which can be taken up more broadly.
Join us in Melbourne to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the LH Martin Institute.
By the Sector, for the sector
Members for 2018
With the support and backing of the Chief Operating Officer of the Australian Catholic University and Chair of the Deputy Vice-Chancellors Corporate, the steering committee members are:
- Dr Stephen Weller, Chief Operating Officer, Australian Catholic University and Past President, Association for Tertiary Education Management.
- Ms Janet Beard, Senior Honorary, Fellow LH Martin Institute, University of Melbourne
- Prof Leo Goedegebuure, Director, LH Martin Institute
- Mrs Suzanne Crew, Consultant, VSEC Consultancy.
- Ms Lakshmi West, Director, Service Improvement Group, Australian National University. Read Lakshmi's blog article on digital disruption.
- Mr Steve Paris, Executive Director, Students, RMIT Vietnam
2015 & 2016:
- Mark Williams, Strategic Projects Director, University of South Australia (Formerly)
- Karen Hill, Director, Information Technology Services, The Australian National University (Formerly)
- Ian Callahan, Chief Operating Officer, Curtin University
Woodward Conference Centre, Law Building: University of Melbourne
Level 10, 185 Pelham St, Carlton, Victoria
Enquiries and more information
For all conference related queries, please contact:
Ms Melissa Hendicott | Program Officer
LH Martin Institute | Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education | Melbourne Graduate School of Education
T: +61 3 9035 6429 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2018 Conference will bring the tertiary education sector together to learn from each other by sharing ideas, successes, and lessons learned; to hear from leading professionals in other sectors facing similar issues; to enable collaborative opportunities across the sector, and to build our own skills and competencies to enable us to contribute successfully to the change agenda of our employers.
What sets this conference apart is the collegial spirit in which presenters and participants interact. It is about joint capacity building and providing a catalyst for new ideas and establishing new and consolidating existing innovative networks. It also provides participants with an opportunity to develop new or refine existing knowledge and skills to take back into their workplace.
The future workforce is changing. Employers are looking for new skill sets and attributes from graduates, and the nature of tertiary education must change with it. The digital revolution has seen the need for institutions to become more agile, automated and customised. Increased competition domestically and internationally, increasingly stringent and volatile regulation and accreditation requirements, the vagaries of government policy, funding arrangements, pedagogical experimentation, market forces, and more engaged communities are all having an impact on how we teach and how we do business. In this changing, on-demand world, how can we provide innovative, effective and quality on-demand education? What impact will a digitised world have on research? And what will this mean for the tertiary education sector workforce?
No matter if we work in public or private tertiary education; vocational education or higher education; if we are regional or city-based; or if we are a Vice-Chancellor/CEO, a member of senior or middle management, a member of academic or professional staff - in one way or another we are all grappling with these questions and the potential ramifications.
Who should attend
Senior executives and managers or directors of business units, particularly those with responsibilities for business and process improvement, change management, administration, planning and service delivery. Below are examples of their position titles.
- Deputy or Pro Vice-Chancellor
- Registrar or Deputy
- Vice-Principal or Deputy
- Chief Operating Officer
- Chief Finance Officer
- Chief Information Officer
- Project Director or Manager
- Director or Manager of Business Improvement
- Director or Manager of Change or Transformation
- Director or Manager of Administration
- Director or Manager of Planning
- Director or Manager of Services (e.g. Student Services, Research, HR, Finance and IT)
Benefits of Attending
- Gain valuable insights from leaders and peers in the sector who have successfully carried out transformational change, big and small.
- Opportunities to discuss key issues affecting your institution and the sector as a whole.
- Bring back ideas on how to establish a service improvement initiative in your institution or extract more value from a current one.
- Learn how to think outside the square, create focus on people and culture and translate these into results for your institution.
- Enhance your institution’s chances of future success through an increase in service quality.
- Opportunities to network with peers and participate in interactive group sessions that will capture new thinking and better practices.
- Collaborate and share your stories of success (or failure), ideas for change and expertise with your peers to create something new
- Contribute to a post-conference publication on key issues and findings from the conference proceedings
- Develop a return to work action plan to implement your great ideas
Testimonials from 2017 participants:
"One of the best conference experiences I have had"
"[The panel] was one of the highlights of the conference. All the panellists were interesting and engaged and the topis was applicable across diverse businesses"
"Loved the takeaway tools provided [by the in-depth workshop]"
"I liked the jogger headings in the conference navigator guide relating to presenations e.g. thoughts and ideas, quotes to remember, questions to ask, actions, things to research"
As the true experts, we encourage participants to be the drivers of their own learning. Participants will be asked to select a Major and a Minor to study throughout the conference. Your Major will determine which in-depth workshop you will attend, while your Minor will determine which breakout sessions you attend (you can choose a different Minor for each day if you like).
You can change these preferences at any time, however please note that space in each of the sessions is limited.
Focusing on the Student User Experience (Major, Minor)
The composition of the student body is constantly diversifying. School leavers, mature-aged, international or off-campus are all distinct student groups, each with their own needs, expectations and barriers to engagement. What do we know about these groups, and what does a customized student experience look like to each? Where are the differences and what similarities can we identify? Do we as institutions have the capacity to deliver a customized experience? Learn from your peers about what initiatives other institutions have used to create a central, customized student experience; what that looks like, and how the changing nature of work has impacted both the student experience and the nature of the work for staff.
Introducing new business models (Major, Minor)
Big data, joint procurement, shared services and the digital revolution. What does it all mean and are we ready for it? Automation, lean, and agile are words we are hearing more and more often, but does the digitization of teaching and learning make tertiary education institutions smarter? This theme explores new technologies, new business models and digital disruption and what this means for the future of tertiary education.
The Future Ecosystem of Education (Minor)
Innovation precincts, thought hubs, super-schools and entrepreneurship. How does education underpin the facilities of tomorrow? How can education institutions work together outside the sector? What policy changes will come about as a result of digitization and new business models, what effect will this have on the workforce?
Learning to innovate: building organisational and personal skills in innovation (Minor)
It is a myth that innovative organisations depend on a small number of people with game-changing innovations. The reality is that innovative organisations have the systems, processes, structures in place to create a culture in which every member of staff has the capacity and opportunity to innovate. What do these organisations look like? How can we facilitate the changes necessary within our organisation or area? And importantly, what knowledge and skills do you need to be a positive contributor to your employer’s innovation agenda?
Keynote Speakers, workshop facilitators and breakout presenters will be announced shortly.
Present a breakout session
Have an intertsing story of success or failure? A useful tool for innovation? Submit an abstract and share your story!More info
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Set your challenges
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Ticket Types and Fees
Early Bird: $1485 (incl GST). Limited tickets available.
Full conference: $1815 (incl GST). Includes full conference attendance and dinner.
Conference Only: $1650 (incl GST). Does not include Dinner.
Fee includes meals during the conference sessions. It does not include travel and accommodation. Please see the General Information Section on the home page for more details on travel and accommodation.
Group discount of 10% applies for five or more people from the same institution.