ALTF Newsletter: Issue 05, 2017
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Professor Sally Kift, ALTF President

Dear All
Here we are again at the end of another tumultuous year in Australian Higher Education. I do hope that you are all looking forward very much to a happy conclusion to 2017 and a well-deserved break, no matter how long or short, over December-January.
ALTF Student Success Blog
We have just launched our new ALTF Student Success Blog – I have written a bit of a retrospective for 2017 and hammered a sailing analogy in the process. I hope it doesn’t make you feel seasick (sorry again!). The Blog may be found here. I am particularly grateful to the wonderful Jess Vanderlelie for her patience and foresight in pulling this together for us and again to the fabulous Pip Munckton, ALTF Project Manager extraordinaire, who just makes things happen! We will invite contributions for the Blog in the New Year. 
ALTF at the Second Annual TEQSA Conference & HEQ Forum
I would also like to record the ALTF’s thanks to fellow Fellows Angela Carbone, Nicolette Lee, Romy Lawson and Lisa Teewho, together with Elizabeth Toy (Monash, University Office of Learning and Teaching) and Kevin Ashford-Rowe (Director, Learning & Teaching Centre, Australian Catholic University) [and me!] ran a (double!) Panel session and flew the flag for us at the recent Second Annual TEQSA Conference & HEQ Forum in Melbourne. The session was titled “How to empower academics to live and breathe quality”.  
Seasons’ Greetings and Happy Holidays from the ALTF
On behalf of the ALTF, it remains for me to say thank you again to every one of you for your support, friendship, collegiality and Fellowship over 2017. I hope 2018 brings you joy and happiness and, in the meantime, extend my very best wishes to you and your families for a lovely break and a very Merry Christmas.
Best wishes to all
Sally Kift
President, ALTF


Not drowning, waving (though the sniff of a lifeline wouldn’t go astray): A 2017 HE retrospective.


Professor Sally Kift

2017 in review: All at sea?

It might fairly be observed that 2017 has been a(nother) year of turbulent ebbs and flows for Australian higher education. But, as we ride the waves towards year’s end, despite my instinctively black-hat inclinations, I remain hopeful for our pedagogical soul, despite the contrary winds that buffet our sector.

While we worry and wait for the inevitable Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) higher education (HE) cuts – Will it be HEPPP? Or research funding? Will caps be reimposed? Some other debilitating, unanticipated expenditure reduction to throw us off course? – despite everything, we will mostly continue, quite virtuously, to do our research, teach and support our students, redesign our 21st century curricula to prepare students for an uncertain world of future work, and engage with our multitude of communities. Because that is what we do. And we do it with passion and earnest integrity because we know in our hearts and minds that, quite fundamentally, what we do has the potential to make a very real difference to individual lives and extended communities.

Over here in HE learning and teaching backwaters in particular, what gets us up in the morning is an abiding belief in the transformative power of education. As Bradley reminded us “higher education can transform the lives of individuals and through them their communities and the nation by engendering a love of learning for its own sake and a passion for intellectual discovery” (2008, 5).

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Higher Education Conference 2018

Future Fundamentals 
28th of Feb - 1st March 2018

Registration is now open for the 2018 Higher Education Conference. 

Universities Australia is the national peak body representing Australia's 39 comprehensive universities. Delivered by the sector for the sector, the Higher Education conference is the annual signature event on the Australian higher education calendar attracting more than 900 delegates.  Participants include Vice-Chancellors, Chancellors, senior university representatives, Government representatives, industry representatives, members of our research community, international education specialists, media and those with an interest in higher education.

The 2018 conference theme - Future Fundamentals - will have speakers exploring the fundamental role of universities in teaching, learning and research as they reinvent themselves in a new political, economic and technological environment.

You can visit the conference website here.

IFNTF Annual World Summit

3rd - 5th of May 2018

The Second Annual World Summit of the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows (IFNTF) will be held from May 3-5, 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Following the successful first summit in Birmingham, UK in February 2017 where the theme was Defining Teaching Excellence within the Disciplines, the 2018 summit will focus on Nurturing Teaching Excellence across Disciplines.

The summit will bring together award-winning teachers, educators and students from around the globe to engage in thought-provoking presentations and panel discussions on nurturing and enhancing teaching excellence. The summit will revolve around the following key task areas, namely, creating a culture of teaching excellence, high-impact pedagogies, student engagement strategies and impactful teaching.

You can find the latest IFNTF newsletter and more information here.

IFNTF have put a call out for papers for the 2018 summit. Submission are due on the 15th of February and you can find more information here.

HERDSA 2018 - Adelaide

2-5th of July 2018

Next year the HERDSA annual conference will be held in Adelaide in July. The theme for the conference is 'Re-valuing Higher Education'. More information on the 2018 HERDSA conference can be found here.

STARS 2018 - Auckland

8-11th of July 2018

Next year the STARS annual conference is being held in Auckland, New Zealand in July. More information on the 2018 STARS conference can be found here.


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