A new report by Deloitte Access Economics has found Canberra’s two major universities make a significant contribution to the local economy, underpinning employment and payroll tax revenue and helping to keep the ACT young. The report, commissioned by The Australian National University and the University of Canberra, found the two leading institutions contributed more than… Read More


The bill to deregulate university fees and make other changes to higher education was not, in the event, debated in the Senate last week and so the matter is adjourned until Parliament resumes later in the month. The last two weeks have seen the frenetic lobbying of some Parliamentarians by one university grouping or another,… Read More


Below is the speech I made today, at the University’s 46th Birthday celebration and workplace giving launch. Distinguished Guests including Emeritus Professor Belle Alderman, Distinguished Professor Arthur Georges, Colleagues, including those colleagues who themselves are alumni of the university. Welcome to this special morning tea hosted by the UC Foundation to celebrate the University’s 46th… Read More


I would like to inform you that the University of Canberra has met the WGEA Compliance Reporting requirements for 2014. To access a copy of the report, please see the attached document (PDF 5.65 Mb). The University of Canberra has also submitted an application for Employer of Choice for Gender Equality Citation for 2014. I… Read More


Below is my submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment. GENERAL STATEMENT I oppose the central measures in the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014, for reasons which appear later in this submission. However my main introductory point is that there is simply no need for the rush with which… Read More


My colleagues and I at UC  were saddened by the news that alumnus Kurt Steel passed away in a tragic bus accident this weekend while on holiday in Bolivia, aged only 25. Kurt grew up in Canberra, and attended Melrose High School and Canberra College before studying at the University of Canberra. While at UC he was active… Read More


Today I completed the ice bucket challenge after being nominated by my daughter Ruth (thanks Ruth). Stephen Moore, who will captain the University of Canberra Brumbies next year, was on hand to ensure I got a decent drenching which took place on the concourse today in front of colleagues and students. In addition to getting… Read More


Who would have thought that an article by a Group of Eight vice-chancellor in the Kalgoorlie Miner last week would get to the nub of the debate over higher education reform?  Paul Johnson, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia, asks an elementary question when he says: “Government does not decide what businesses can… Read More


Christopher Pyne’s National Press Club speech today was an opportunity for the Minister for Education to show an open mind and recognise that there could be valid and genuinely held alternative views on a package of higher education changes which will transform the sector completely and irreversibly. Regrettably, this opportunity was not taken up. In… Read More