TEU Symposium

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Audio from Panel One-  “What does an innovative and productive tertiary education sector look like?”

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  • Old Government House, Victoria University of Wellington

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  • July 22 and 23, 2016

This symposium will seek out those in the labs, at the Keynote face, running tutorials, marking essays, designing face-to-face and on-line lessons, and doing much more, to discuss the “Models of Tertiary Education” which will ensure innovation and productivity in the New Zealand tertiary education system.

The symposium includes two major roundtable discussions:

Keynote address: Rt Hon Jim Bolger ONZ, Chancellor of the University of Waikato

“What does an innovative and productive tertiary education sector look like?”

Roundtable: Cat Pausé (TEU – Chair); Chris Whelan (Universities NZ); Linda Sissons (Metro ITPs); Linsey Higgens (NZUSA); Josh Williams (Industry Training Federation); Brent Sincock (Te Wānanga o Aotearoa).

“A look at the education needs of society and economy”

Roundtable: Cheryl Smeaton (TEU – Chair); Mike Reid (Local Government NZ); Trevor McClinchey (NZ Council of Christian Social Services); Millie Douglas (Career Development Association of New Zealand); Dr Eric Crampton (NZ Initiative); Kirk Hope (Business NZ)

And there will be contributions from academics and practitioners from across New Zealand’s universities, ITPs, wananga, and adult and community education spaces.

TEU has organised the symposium to contribute to public debate about the future of the tertiary education system in New Zealand, and includes ensuring strong evidence is provided for the Productivity Commission Inquiry into “New models of Tertiary Education”.

Please send all inquiries to mary.mctavish@teu.ac.nz

Places are strictly limited so register: 


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July 22, 2016

4.30pm – Registration and refreshments

5.30pm – Whakatau and refreshments: Sandra Grey, TEU President

6.10pm – Keynote address: Rt Hon Jim Bolger ONZ, Chancellor of the University of Waikato

6.30pm – Panel discussion What does an innovative and productive tertiary education sector look like? : Chris Whelan (Universities NZ); Peter Brothers (Metro ITPs); Linsey Higgens (NZUSA); Josh Williams (Industry Training Federation)


July 23, 2016

9.ooam – Introduction: What place does the union have in this debate? Sandra Grey and Sharn Riggs (TEU)

9.30am – Presentations

  • Luke Strongman
    Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose?: Redesigning the tertiary education organisation
  • John Egan
    The digital university: innovation versus efficiency
  • Judith Hunter and Margaret Franken
    Asserting the University
  • David Parsons
    Digital and Collaborative Learning for Tertiary Transformation
  • David Cooke
    Contract Culture: Master and Servant in Tertiary Research
  • Charlotte Mildon
    Kaupapa Māori principles and Online Teaching in Tertiary Education.
  • Shirley Barnett
    Filling the Gap: A Māori student mentoring programme
  • Kathryn MacCallum, Stanley Frielick, Acushla Dee Sciascia
    Learners and mobile devices: A framework for enhanced learning and institutional change


10.45am – morning tea

11.00am  presentations

  • Peter Coolbear
    Exploring the value of professional standards frameworks in tertiary education Margaret Taurere
  • Margaret Taurere
    Kia mataara kei waipukengia: Dam whitestreaming
  • Carol Soal
    The Journey to Student Centricity. Are we nearly there yet?
  • Laurent Antonczak and Thomas Cochrane
    Communities of practice: positive peer and student-teacher relationships
  • Vicki Little, Sandra Smith & Richard Brookes
    New Realities in the Tertiary Sector: What are they, and how should we respond?
  • Chris Holland
    A New Model: Apprenticeship Education for New Zealand
  • Tim Hazledine
    The bloating of the academy: organisational structures and top-pay inflation in NZ universities 1984-2014
  • Victoria University of Wellington Student Association
    Students and the academy

12.30pm – Lunch


1.30pm Roundtable Two  A look at the education needs of society and economy: Cheryl Smeaton (TEU – Chair); Trevor McClinchey (NZ Council of Christian Social Services); Millie Douglas (Career Development Association of New Zealand); Eric Crampton (NZ Initiative); Kirk Hope (Business NZ)

2.45pm – Afternoon tea

3.00pm – Presentations

  • QPEC panel
    The tertiary inquisition: maintaining and extending neoliberal control in education
  • Dianne Forbes
    It’s in the blend: A mixed media approach to innovation and productivity in blended learning
  • David Cooke
    Systems of internal and external control within the tertiary sector
  • Mark McGuire
    Open education in New Zealand
  • Jane Kelsey
    The Education Act at the heart of it all
  • Noeline Wright
    New developments in Initial Teacher Education graduate paper
  • Liz Gordon
    Technology in the future of tertiary education
  • Jonathan Oosterman, Charles Sedgwick and Sandra Grey
    Autonomy under pressure: surveying the sector

4.30pm – Panel – TEU senior leaders wrapping up Phil Edwards, James Houkāmau, Cat Pausé, Cheryl Smeaton

5.00pm –  Farewells

Panelists and Speakers

Millie Douglas, Victoria University

millie douglasMillie is a career consultant at Victoria University and has over 30 years in the career education, development and employment sector as a counsellor, teacher and trainer.

In New Zealand, her experience has been almost exclusively in the tertiary sector working with students and graduates across a wide range of academic disciplines and programmes, students transitioning from high school to university, and skilled migrants.

In the UK her experience included: career education and resourcing for year 9 and 10 students in high schools; counselling school leavers, further education college leavers, long-term unemployed and tertiary graduates; career coaching and pre-employment work with youth programme apprentices and youth unemployed; and workshops for new migrants and adult returners. She also worked with employers, schools teachers and principals, and vocational education and training providers.  She also supervised probationary career advisors.

Linsey Higgins, NZUSA

Linsey HigginsLinsey is the president of the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA). Linsey has studied at different institutions across the sector, most recently studying at Massey University graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work. She firmly believes in the transformative power of education and spends her days fighting for barrier-free free education for all.

Kirk Hope, BusinessNZ

kirk hopeKirk is chief executive of BusinessNZ, New Zealand’s largest business advocacy body, advocating for New Zealand’s success through sustainable market-led growth.

Kirk previously led the New Zealand Bankers’ Association and Financial Services Federation after holding a range of senior positions at Westpac, including Head of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs.

A barrister and solicitor with a master’s degree in law focused on regulation of financial services, Kirk also holds a post-graduate honours degree in political science.   For five years he was a member of the Commercial and Business Law Committee of the New Zealand Law Society.

Trevor McGlinchey, New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services

trevor mcglincheyTrevor McGlinchey is Ngāi Tahu and is actively involved with his Waitaki based Moeraki Marae. He is currently the executive officer of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services where he has worked for the past nine years, prior to this he has had roles in the Public Service, including Skill New Zealand and the Tertiary Education Commission,  and in community organisations.

Cat Pausé, Massey University

cat pauseCat Pausé is the women’s vice-president of the Tertiary Education Union. A Senior Lecturer in Human Development and Fat Studies Researcher at Massey University, her research focuses on the effects of spoiled identities on the health and well-being of fat individuals. She has published in top journals such as Human Development, Feminist Review, HERDSA, and Narrative Inquiries in Bioethics. Cat hosted Fat Studies: Reflective Intersections in New Zealand in 2012, and is hosting Fat Studies: Identity, Agency, and Embodiment in June of 2016. Her fat positive radio show, Friend of Marilyn, is travelling the world this year – make sure your city is on the stop!

Brent Sincock, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

TumuBrent has over 30 years’ experience within human resource management both within New Zealand and Australia.  His career has been divided between both public and private sector organisations starting with humble beginnings in the meat industry which as lead to HR leadership roles in financial services, public health, tertiary education, technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical/medical devices.

Brent is currently the Tumuwhanake (Executive Director, People) with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa based in Te Awamutu, which he joined in August 2013.  Prior to that, Brent had returned from Australia where he worked as Head of Human Resources with AMP Financial Services working to support the business change and transformation resulting from the acquisition of the AXA Group.

Brent has two grown up sons (19 and 24) and would describe his personal interests as music, theatre, fitness and travel amongst others.

Linda Sissons, Metro Group

linda sissonsLinda Sissons is an independent tertiary education consultant.

She was Interim CEO for Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, (2015 – 2016) and prior to that, CEO of Wellington Institute of Technology and the former Hutt Valley Polytechnic (1999-2015).

Linda is currently providing services to a number of education providers, including the Metro Group of ITPs, for whom and the NZITP group of ITP CEOs she prepared the sector’s submission to the NZ Productivity Commission on Tertiary Education.

Linda has held senior roles in the management and governance of Universities, Institutes of Technology, and ITOs throughout a 25-year career in the sector both in New Zealand and the UK.

Cheryl Smeaton, Adult Community Education, West Coast

cheryl smeatonCheryl works in Adult Community Education on the West Coast, where she has been employed for 13 years in a team leadership role.

Her career in education began as an adult student and a single parent of two, in the early childhood sector.  Her kaupapa was ‘we can do better for our children’, She came to teaching with the belief that we can’t possibly know, what our children will grow to become, we can’t know which of them will become scientists, authors, musicians and dancers, which of them will grow to make discoveries that will change our world forever – we must teach as though all of them might.

The well-being of the culture of our service as educators within the context of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Human Rights is also very important to her.  Throughout her journey she has always been a socialist; a unionist, an educator, a campaigner, an activist.

Chris Whelan, Executive Director, Universities New Zealand

chris whelanIn his current role with Universities New Zealand, Chris works for and reports to the vice-chancellors of New Zealand’s eight universities.  Universities New Zealand has statutory responsibilities for reviewing and approving all academic programmes offered in New Zealand universities and plays a strong coordination role across the university sector in areas such as growing international linkages.

Chris represents the university sector in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, and engages extensively across government at CEO, and policy director level to shape thinking and policy affecting the sector.

Chris’ career has been broadly split between the New Zealand education sector and the public sector where he has held a range of roles with a focus on strategy, change management and planning.

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