July City West Activity Report

Welcome back everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed your eight week break or have taken advantage of the new Winter School to speed up your degree, do an industry placement or attend some personal development workshops.

I have continued to work on an audit of bike facilities at all metro campuses to identify what services the University currently provides. In the next couple of weeks, I am hoping to launch a survey to ask students how you would to see these services and facilities improved.

Next, something important. I attended the Academic Board meeting on 28 July, where we heard from Pro Vice Chancellor (Business and Law), Professor Marie Wilson on updates to the Business School in terms of curriculum and program review. I had the opportunity to ask Professor Wilson a question on the evaluation process for the new timetable design and the Winter School (SP4). Professor Wilson responded by noting that the Business School will be conducting the evaluation in three stages.

First, by looking at data from SP2, 2017. Professor Wilson noted that the data showed that satisfaction rates were up while load factors (the number of courses students study per Study Period) remained the same. The second stage will focus on reviewing the effectiveness of the new Winter School. And the final stage will be an end of year review after SP5. Every stage will include student involvement, so if you want to give your thoughts and feedback, keep a look out for details.

At Academic Board, it was also great to hear that Provost Allan Evans will be presenting to Academic Board on UniSA’s internationalisation strategy. This is something I am very keen to hear about given I would like to see a few changes around this area. First, I would love to see the business school introduce a new course, either as an elective or as a core course, on the topic of Asian Business Culture and Practises. There is no doubt that the Asia Pacific region is and will continue to be critically important to businesses, both large and small. And second, I am keen to see the study of Chinese Mandarin added to list of languages you can study at UniSA. I have begun discussion on both areas with the Program Director: Bachelor of Business, Dr Liz Hemphill and I look forward to continuing to work on this before my tenure ends.

That’s all from me. As always, if you have any questions feel free to email me or come and talk with me in person on campus. I wish you all the best with your studies in SP5 and look forward to seeing you around campus.

Activities and Meetings in July

  • 10/7 – Governance Committee Meeting
  • 10/7 – USASA Board Meeting
  • 12/7 – Finance Committee Meeting
  • 28/7 – Academic Board Meeting

Next Month’s Planned Activities and Meetings

  • 7/8 – USASA Board Meeting
  • 7/8 – Governance Committee Meeting
  • 31/8 – Finance Committee Meeting

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