Here is my speech from the ANU-UC forum on deregulation of student fees held at ANU on 2 June. I won’t beat about the bush.  I oppose fee deregulation, in itself and when coupled with the other reforms now being proposed. On average universities will need to increase student contributions by about 30% from where… Read More


This morning an article I wrote was published in the Higher Education section of The Australian. Here is the text I supplied: At the time this article appears, staff at the University of Canberra will be voting on an unusual, perhaps unique, Enterprise Agreement which has the support of the National Tertiary Education Union.  Pay… Read More


Today colleagues from Melbourne’s Holmesglen Institute, Northern Sydney Institute, South Western Sydney Institute, Brisbane’s Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE and I announced an exciting new initiative in tertiary education. This is the media release we issued: NEW TERTIARY NETWORK LOOKS TO THE FUTURE A new network of leading public tertiary institutions was announced today which… Read More


“The university will be fundamentally organised around student-centred principles. Students will want education a la carte: education when they want it, how they want it, where they want it.” I see that words I penned last year are coming back to haunt me, but being asked to develop them today has forced me to dig… Read More


John Mackay decided earlier this year that he did not intend to seek re-election as Chancellor of the University when his current term expires at the end of 2013. There will be opportunities before the year draws to a close to thank him and acknowledge his contribution, but I would like to state publicly my… Read More


This week marks the release of two important documents for the future of Australia’s universities, and the University of Canberra in particular. Today Universities Australia will release the first ever policy statement on behalf of the university sector, the culmination of a process that began over a year ago when UA sought the views of… Read More


 Address to the Australia-India Business Council University of Canberra, 3 December 2012 Excellency, Senator Lundy, Deputy Chief Minister, Members of the federal and ACT legislatures, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is an honour and a pleasure for the University of Canberra to host this lunch.  The University has many and varied connections with India,… Read More


This morning we learned the sad news that author Bryce Courtenay had passed away. Earlier this year the University of Canberra awarded Bryce an honorary doctorate in recognition of his outstanding success as one of Australia’s most popular authors and his enormous contribution to the community. We were fortunate that one of Bryce’s final public… Read More


Yesterday I was joined by Andrew Leigh and Katy Gallagher to turn the first sod on the University’s new Student Accommodation Project. I was lucky enough to don steel capped boots and try out a jackhammer for the first time to break up the tarmac. This project will provide another 417 beds for students, bringing the University closer to… Read More