Vice-Chancellor and Chair of Academic Senate Forums

An important initiative from the Senate Work Plan in 2014 was a series of Academic Forums, co-sponsored by the Vice-Chancellor and Chair of Academic Senate. These forums will cover a range of contemporary topics and challenges for our University, and be held on different campuses. The outcomes and proposals from the forums will be followed up by the University Executive and Academic Senate.

All academic and professional staff, and elected student members of Academic Senate and its Committees, are invited to attend. However, to ensure the discussions are engaging for all participants, attendance at these forums may be limited.

An email invitation from the Vice-Chancellor will advise when registrations open for each forum. If you have any queries about the forums, please contact Angela MacDonald at a.macdonald@westernsydney.edu.au or on extension 1368.

Forum 14: 6 June 2019

"Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech"

Presented by Professor Sharon Bell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategy And Planning), Dr Ben Etherington, Lecturer, School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Professor Kerry Robinson, Leader Of Sexualities & Genders Research, School of Social Sciences and Psychology; and Deputy Chair of Academic Senate, Dr Elfriede Sangkuhl.

Session 1 Recording  (MP3, 32007.98 KB) (opens in a new window)

Session 2 Recording (MP3, 60400.74 KB) (opens in a new window)

Forum 13: 23 November 2017

"21st Century Curriculum Renewal Project"

Forum Presentation ( PPTX, 18552.89 KB) (opens in a new window) - presented by Professor Simon Barrie, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning Transformations); and Chair of Academic Senate, Associate Professor Paul Wormell.

Forum 12: 2 August 2017

"Consultation about the University Structures"

Forum Presentation ( PPTX, 8639.01 KB) (opens in a new window) - presented by Professor Sharon Bell, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Strategy and Planning); and Chair of Academic Senate, Associate Professor Paul Wormell.

Forum 11: 10 November 2016

"Digital Innovation and Learning Futures"

Forum Presentation ( PPTX, 7412.45 KB) (opens in a new window) - presented by Professor Kevin Bell, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Digital Futures); and Chair of Academic Senate, Associate Professor Paul Wormell.

Forum 10: 21 September 2016

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education"

Forum Presentation ( PPTX, 10887.66 KB) (opens in a new window) - presented by Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership), Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver; and Chair of Academic Senate, Associate Professor Paul Wormell.

Forum 9: 20 July 2016

"Transforming Western Sydney Initiatives"

Forum Presentation ( PPTX, 8245.61 KB) (opens in a new window) - presented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Denise Kirkpatrick; and Chair of Academic Senate, Associate Professor Paul Wormell.

Forum 8: 12 May 2016

"Reflecting on Collaborative Practice with Industry"

Forum Presentation (PDF, 958.5 KB) (opens in a new window) - presented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development), Professor Scott Holmes; Executive Director, Research, Development and Engagement, Mr Steve Hannan; and Chair of Academic Senate, Associate Professor Paul Wormell.

Forum 7: 11 September 2015

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education"

Forum Presentation (PDF, 786.27 KB) (opens in a new window) - presented by presented by Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover; Pro Vice-Chancellor (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership), Professor MaryAnn Bin-Sallik and Chair of Academic Senate, Associate Professor Paul Wormell.

Forum 6: 14 July 2015

"An Internationalised Curriculum"

Forum Presentation (PDF, 200.67 KB) (opens in a new window) - presented by Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Scott Holmes; Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Associate Professor Linda Taylor and Chair of Academic Senate, Associate Professor Paul Wormell.


Forum 5: Tuesday 12 May 2015

"Barriers to Research"

Forum Presentation (PDF, 100.07 KB) (opens in a new window) - presented by Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover; Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Development), Professor Scott Holmes; and Chair of Academic Senate, Associate Professor Paul Wormell.

Forum 4: 11 February 2015

"Enhancing the Student Experience"

Forum Presentation (PDF, 89.99 KB) (opens in a new window) - presented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic), Professor Denise Kirkpatrick; Vice-President (People and Advancement), Mr Angelo Kourtis; and Chair of Academic Senate, Associate Professor Paul Wormell.

Forum 3: 10 October 2014

"Securing Success: 2015-2020" – Western Sydney University's strategic plan discussion paper

Forum Presentation (PDF, 798.1 KB) (opens in a new window) - presented by Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover, and Chair of Academic Senate, Associate Professor Paul Wormell.

Forum 2: 11 June 2014

"Academic Freedom and the Public Intellectual – developing a Western Sydney University Academic Freedom Statement"

Forum Presentation (PDF, 141.29 KB) (opens in a new window) - presented by Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover, and Chair of Academic Senate, Associate Professor Paul Wormell.

Forum 1: 2 April 2014

"The Future of Higher Education: The Future of Higher Education with a particular focus on Western Sydney University"

Forum Presentation (PDF, 1038.47 KB) (opens in a new window) - presented by Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover; Chair of Academic Senate, Associate Professor Paul Wormell; and Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Kerri-Lee Krause.