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David Battersby - Federation University of Australia -Creating a New University:  Case Study of Federation University Australia
David Battersby - Federation University of Australia -Creating a New University:  Case Study of Federation University Australia
David Battersby - Federation University of Australia -Creating a New University:  Case Study of Federation University Australia
David Battersby - Federation University of Australia -Creating a New University:  Case Study of Federation University Australia
David Battersby - Federation University of Australia -Creating a New University:  Case Study of Federation University Australia
David Battersby - Federation University of Australia -Creating a New University:  Case Study of Federation University Australia
David Battersby - Federation University of Australia -Creating a New University:  Case Study of Federation University Australia
David Battersby - Federation University of Australia -Creating a New University:  Case Study of Federation University Australia
David Battersby - Federation University of Australia -Creating a New University:  Case Study of Federation University Australia
David Battersby - Federation University of Australia -Creating a New University:  Case Study of Federation University Australia
David Battersby - Federation University of Australia -Creating a New University:  Case Study of Federation University Australia
David Battersby - Federation University of Australia -Creating a New University:  Case Study of Federation University Australia
David Battersby - Federation University of Australia -Creating a New University:  Case Study of Federation University Australia
David Battersby - Federation University of Australia -Creating a New University:  Case Study of Federation University Australia
David Battersby - Federation University of Australia -Creating a New University:  Case Study of Federation University Australia
David Battersby - Federation University of Australia -Creating a New University:  Case Study of Federation University Australia
David Battersby - Federation University of Australia -Creating a New University:  Case Study of Federation University Australia
David Battersby - Federation University of Australia -Creating a New University:  Case Study of Federation University Australia
David Battersby - Federation University of Australia -Creating a New University:  Case Study of Federation University Australia
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David Battersby - Federation University of Australia -Creating a New University: Case Study of Federation University Australia

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David Battersby delivered the presentation at 2014 Higher Education Summit. …

David Battersby delivered the presentation at 2014 Higher Education Summit.

The 2014 Higher Education Summit discussed the post reform tertiary sector, considering some of the key challenges posed to the Australian University at a time of political change and rapid innovation in service delivery. The discussion ranged from university structures, planning and strategy to governance, funding and innovation and excellence in teaching and learning and research.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://www.highereducationsummit.com.au/2014event

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  • 1. Overcoming challenges faced in regional Australia – the development of Federation University Australia David Battersby Vice-Chancellor
  • 2. On 1 January 2014, Federation University Australia came into existence: • University of Ballarat and the Gippsland Campus of Monash University • 1991 Gippsland Campus had become part of Monash • 1994 University of Ballarat formed • New Act of Victorian Parliament • 18 month journey
  • 3. • Start with the Bradley Review • Victorian State Government interventions • The Journey • Commonwealth • University name change • Legislative change requirements • Progress report
  • 4. “… low educational attainment; limited family and personal financial resources; limited choice of courses available locally; limited personal and family aspiration; reluctance to take on the financial burden involved; limited subject choice in many small regional schools; and limited understanding of the benefits of higher education.”
  • 5. • 2008 Bradley Review • National University for Regional Australia – ill-fated and costly • “Many regional institutions and campuses are relatively small and geographically isolated, which leads to diseconomies of scale.” • “This could involve a range of approaches including rationalisation, collaboration or merging for some campuses or institutions.” • By 2011, $28m in structural adjustment funding
  • 6. Victorian State Government initiatives • May 2012 State budget foreshadowed changes to regional tertiary education provision in Victoria • Introduction of Regional Partnership Facilitation Fund (Structural Adjustment Fund – greater VET-HE alignment in the regions) • By September, State Government calling for submissions – “… consideration might also be given to the incorporation of the Churchill Campus of Monash University into an expanded regional university arrangement …”
  • 7. An expanded regional university arrangement … • $320m business; 25,000 students; 1800 total staff; total assets of $700m • Expanding the range of programs – 300 HE programs • Significant research enhancement • Online, distance education and blended learning initiatives • Regional reach
  • 8. The Journey • May 2012 discussions had commenced with Monash • October 2012 detailed due diligence was underway • February 2013: two universities had entered into an agreement to form a new regional university on 1 January 2014 by bringing together the Monash Gippsland Campus and the University of Ballarat conditional upon: • Victorian State Government approval • Victorian Parliament approval (both Houses) – Act • New name for the University • Commonwealth approval – transfer of places • TEQSA approval • Final approval by the two governing Councils
  • 9. Commonwealth approvals … • Case study about persistence • 2012 Minister Chris Evans – CoS + advisers • 2013 Minister Chris Bowen Minister Craig Emerson Minister Kim Carr • Commonwealth independent due diligence • 5.29pm, Monday 5 August 2013 Commonwealth Parliament prorogued
  • 10. Pause for a moment and understand that … • The business momentum of two regional HE institutions had to continue and staff and unions kept involved and engaged • Deans and Heads of School crucial • Regional communities had to be handled as matters were evolving • Students and student associations had to be kept apprised • “Die hards” – those who oppose change – had to be managed
  • 11. The name change … • Known and recognised quickly • International appeal • Marketing and branding capability • Not too geographic or locational specific • Politically acceptable • Able to be registered
  • 12. Barton University Howard Florey University Chifley University Geraldine Briggs University Nessie Skuta University Nellie Melba University Robert Menzies University Vida Goldstein University John Flynn University Thomas Mitchell University Redmond Barry University Eureka University University of Regional Victoria Endeavour University University of Southeast Australia ….
  • 13. “State University” • StateUni, VicState • US concept • Wide coverage • Narrative - scale, scope, confident, stability “Federation University Australia” • Federation, FedUni, • No other university • National endeavour – not geographic • Narrative – coming together, collaboration and partnership
  • 14. “Federation University conjures up images of Star Trek’s United Federation of Planets (commonly called “The Federation”).” “You could name it the McKay University, after the inventor Hugh Victor McKay. There appears to be no other McKay University anywhere in this world, although one does exist just outside the city of Endurance, on Mars, in the Star Trek novel A Singular Destiny. “'Federation', for me, is too mahogany, brass handles and men with beards.” “If the organisation or entity is any good, the name grows with it. Who, for example, would have predicted that a group with such corny names as The Beatles, the Bee Gees and Smashing Pumpkins would become world famous? And what about Pink Floyd?”
  • 15. Victorian Parliament • State government approval – Minister, Premier and Cabinet • Approval of the Victorian Parliament – Legislative Council (Upper House) and Legislative Assembly (Lower House) • 1 seat majority in the Legislative Assembly • Federation University Australia Act – Australia • 6 hours of debate; 30 speakers; June-September • Royal assent
  • 16. Structures • Faculty (4) and School structure (11) • Being reviewed for finalisation • Appointment of Deans • Appointment of Senior Executive • Settling an EBA • Students’ rights • University of Ballarat • Monash University • Federation University Australia
  • 17. Progress report • Business case required a 5% growth in u/g student numbers for the next 5 years • Alignment of the structures • Profile of programs • Federation Online • VET integration in Gippsland • Research development • International strategy
  • 18. “It has been a learning curve for staff and managers and an extraordinary, if not at times challenging process that we will look back on with pride and hopefully some humour. I have been surprised by how well the staff have coped with yet another change, but mindful that the additional workload has caused some anxiety. I would like to say I think the majority of Gippsland staff have approached the changeover with respect and dignity and I have enjoyed the process of working with such a great bunch of people, not unlike ourselves. So what is my view? Roll on 1 January 2014.” 19

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