What now? What next? Insights into Australia's tertiary education sector

What now? What next? Insights into Australia's tertiary education sector

Claire Field talks with leaders and experts from within the Australian tertiary education sector and across the global ed-tech sector

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June 10, 2021 37 min

Claire is joined in this episode by Prof. Michael Sankey from Charles Darwin University and Prof. Claire Macken from RMIT University to discuss how universities accelerated their move to online teaching during COVID, the lessons learned and what lies ahead.


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Claire unpacks the 2021 Federal Budget looking at what measures were (and were not) announced in it and what they mean for the VET, higher education and international education sectors.

For a fuller rundown on the international education measures - Claire provided some analysis in this recent article: https://campusmorningmail.com.au/news/claire-field-not-overwhelmed-by-the-private-provider-help-package/



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In this episode Claire speaks with David Riordan, former CEO of NSW DET International, Director of City Services at the City of Sydney and Director of TAFE NSW Sydney Institute. David is now consulting to the sector and has some very useful insights on where international education is at and where the future lies.

During our conversation we discuss the consultation paper the government has released to help shape the next Internation...

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Claire is joined in this episode by renowned mental health expert Prof. Patrick McGorry AO (Executive Director, Orygen), Prof. Kylie Readman (PVC Education, Murdoch University) and Jack Goodman (Executive Chairman, Studiosity) to discuss how institutions need to adapt their student support to an increasingly online environment.

During the discussion Patrick refers to MOST, moderated online social therapy for young people. The websit...

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In this episode of the podcast Claire is joined by Prof. Ly Tran from Deakin University to discuss the current state of Australia's international education sector and the experiences of  students here in Australia and offshore. Ly also shares her views on where the sector might find itself in the next 5-10 years and some of its key challenges.


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February 10, 2021 31 min

This week Claire has 5 guests on the podcast across two episodes to unpack what's in the Productivity Commission's report on the new National Skills Agreement. On this episode she speaks with Craig Robertson from TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) and Troy Williams from Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA).

The Victorian government's "Macklin Review" also gets a mention. If you'd like to have ...

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February 10, 2021 40 min

This week Claire has 5 guests on the podcast across two episodes to unpack what's in the Productivity Commission's report on the new National Skills Agreement. On this episode she speaks with Dr Don Perlgut from Community Colleges Australia (CCA), Chris Butler from the Enterprise RTOs Association (ERTOA) and Dr Sally Burt from Independent Higher Education  Australia (IHEA).

The Victorian government's "Macklin Review&...

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January 26, 2021 33 min

In this episode Claire unpacks the Productivity Commission's final report on their review of the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development - and crucially their recommendations for the next National Skills Agreement. The report identifies a raft of changes to VET funding which the sector can expect from 2022 (subject to their acceptance by the Commonwealth and then the State and Territory governments).

The full re...

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On this episode of the podcast Claire is joined by Patrick Kidd OBE OAM, CEO of the Digital Skills Organisation, to explain what the DSO has been set up to do and the results of a recent tender process  for the ‘Train 100 Data Analysts’ project.

The DSO is an initiative led by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment to take an industry-led approach to digital skills training and employment. More details on the Skills Org...

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Sveto joins Claire on the podcast to share her experiences as an international student, a women's rights activist, and a social entrepreneur.

Sveto's current activities include founding the Chadari Project which uses poetry and storytelling to enable Afghan women to tell their stories, and co-founding AYAT Modest Clothes - a social enterprise providing work for illiterate women creating high quality, fashionable, modest clot...

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Claire is joined by the CEO of ITECA (the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia), Troy Williams, to discuss a range of issues within the sector, as well as the changes Troy and his members have been focussed on over the last two years.

 
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Professor Judyth Sachs and Jim Micsko join Claire on this episode of the podcast. They share their insights on the importance of the school to tertiary education transition as well as what institutions and policymakers need to do to support students during this crucial phase.

With COVID-19 having impacted both senior secondary students and first year tertiary students this was a very timely discussion, with both Judyth and Jim prov...

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In today's episode of the podcast, David Linke, the Managing Director of EduGrowth joins Claire to discuss the current state of play in the Australian EdTech sector.

You can find out more about EduGrowth and their activities at: https://edugrowth.org.au


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On this episode of the podcast, Kylie Wilson, CEO of the New Zealand School of Tourism joins Claire to share her insights on regulatory self-assurance.

Recent reports have recommended that ASQA should look at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority's approach when they design their new regulatory model. Kylie explains how different the NZQA's approach is from our current audit model in Australia and why she's passionate...

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In this episode Claire explains the details of the JobTrainer scheme, what's been agreed by the Commonwealth, States and Territories in the Heads of Agreement for the next National Skills Agreement, and what advice people gave to the Productivity Commission on VET funding reform and what that is likely to mean for the sector.

Claire has also compiled a summary of the submissions provided to the Productivity Commission on their i...

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In this episode Claire is joined by Dr Laura Hougaz to discuss the independent higher education sector and how it is managing its way through the COVID pandemic. Laura shares her insights on both the challenges and opportunities for these institutions and their entrepreneurial leaders.

Laura's book 'Entrepreneurs Creating Educational Innovation - Case Studies from Australia' is well worth a read if this is a sector you d...

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Claire is joined on this episode of the podcast by Mike Larsen, the CEO of Studiosity to discuss the "Herculean" effort tertiary education providers have made during COVID to move their content online and what that's meant for student support.

We were delayed in publishing this episode because we were busy writing a submission to the Productivity Commission's inquiry into Commonwealth-State VET funding. If that's...

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On this episode Claire is joined by Prof. Andrew Norton from the Centre for Social Research at the ANU, Luke Sheehy from the ATN, and Conor King from the IRU to discuss the government's higher education reforms and their likely impact on the sector.


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In this episode Claire discusses the Productivity Commission's Interim Report on the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development. She outlines where it fits with the other recent reviews of the VET sector, as well as discussing the report's findings and the interim recommendations and options it proposes for future VET funding.

This report is a key part of the government's JobMaker plans for rebuilding the ec...

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Belinda Robinson, Vice-President University Relations and Strategy at the University of Canberra, joins Claire on this episode of the podcast to discuss her time as Interim Vice Chancellor of the university. Belinda took the reins as the university, its staff and students were emerging from the drought, summer bushfires and a very destructive hailstorm - then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. 

Belinda shares her insights on what those cha...

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