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TEQSA conference draws to a close

30 November 2018

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency’s (TEQSA) conference has wrapped up in Melbourne today after three days of thought-provoking keynotes and plenary sessions.

Almost 800 delegates, including 100 students from higher education providers from across the sector, heard from thought leaders, policy makers and students on a range of issues facing the sector – including what’s in store for the future both here in Australia and internationally. 

Presenters of note included Professor David Lloyd, Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Australia; Professor Deborah Terry AO, Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University; Kathleen Newcombe, Chief Executive Officer, Sarina Russo Group; and Professor Nick Saunders, Chief Commissioner of TEQSA.

TEQSA chief executive Anthony McClaran said that the conference provided attendees with both a unique opportunity to hear from higher education professionals from across the sector, and meet TEQSA staff.

“Now in its third year, the TEQSA conference has become a must-attend event and 2018’s conference has surpassed expectations” said Mr. McClaran.

"The attendance and active involvement of students at the conference highlights TEQSA’s commitment to involving students in the agency’s work, and sector-wide discussions about issues impacting them".

Presentations over the three days covered everything from student perspectives on excellence and diversity in higher education, online higher education trends and whether a degree will be worth it in a future workplace.

The session What’s in a name and what’s in a qualification, featured Professor Peter Coaldrake and Professor Peter Noonan, discussing both the review of the Provider Category Standards and Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The session covered whether the current provider categories are fit-for-purpose and how the AQF review can address innovation and technology changes impacting learning and teaching methods.

The third and final day of the conference featured over 60 concurrent sessions in line with the conference’s themes of innovation, excellence and diversity. Winner of best paper for the conference was awarded to Dr Tim Rogers, for his submission titled The ties that bind are quality assured: Complexity and teaching innovation, which explores the premise that a central brake on innovation in higher education may be the unintended outcome of the interaction between academic autonomy and system integrity.

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Media enquiries

Raphael May, Assistant Director, Communications: raphael.may [at] teqsa.gov.au, 0437 143 012 or (03) 8306 2536