Professional Staff Conference

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Since its inception in 2010, the University's Professional Staff Conference has become an important event in the University calendar. The Conference provides Professional Staff members the opportunity to share what we do across the University and to engage with our Senior Leaders on strategic discussions.

The theme for the 2020 Conference - WESTERN - OUR NEW NORMAL

The 2020 Professional Staff Conference will be held via Zoom.


Registrations for the 2020 Professional Staff Conference are now OPEN. Please register by clicking on the "Register Here" button in the top right corner. 

Due to the conference being held via Zoom this year, there will be no registration fee charged. Numbers are limited, so if you are unable to attend, please email so we can open your space for another attendee.

Registration covers:

  • Conference attendance via Zoom
  • A chance to hear updates from the Senior Executive Group
  • Keynote presentation
  • The chance to win a prize from one of our valued Sponsors

Key Dates

Key DateTask
Monday 29 June Abstract Submissions Open
Wednesday 15 July Abstract Submissions Close
Friday 31 July Abstract selection outcomes notified
Monday 24 August Conference Registrations Close (unless registrations limits are reached prior)
Thursday 27 August Presentations Due
Tuesday 1 September Conference Date

Conference Program

Download the Conference Program (PDF, 233.88 KB) (opens in a new window).

The Conference is aimed at Professional Staff, including administrators, managers and technical officers. This year's program features:

  • An opening address by the University's Vice-Chancellor and President;
  • Concurrent sessions comprising presentations by Professional staff;
  • Keynote address (TBA)
  • and a bit of space for fun and prizes!

The concurrent sessions showcase achievements, innovations, best practice and collaborative ventures at the University. There are sessions relevant to all staff, giving delegates the opportunity to choose to attend specific presentations of interest and relevance.

Zoom and Webinar links will be sent for each session prior to the Conference. The conference will run from 9.20am to 2:15pm.

Keynote Speakers

Professor James Arvanitakis

Professor James Arvanitakis

‘Platypuses, black swans and the new (not so) normal’

Professor James Arvanitakis (PhD) lectures in the Humanities and a member of Western Sydney University’s Institute for Cultural and Society, having spent 12 months at the University of Wyoming as a Fulbright Fellow.

In 2015, James founded The Academy at Western Sydney University – an Honours College – that received an Australian Financial Review Higher Education Excellence Award (2016). In 2016, he established Western’s Graduate Research School and was the Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Graduate Studies) 2018-20.

James is internationally recognised for his innovative teaching, receiving the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year Award (2012) and names an Eminent Researcher by the Australia India Education Council (2015).

James is an Honorary Fellow at the Australian India Institute since 2016. He has over 100 publications and his latest book is Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in India and Australia (2019). He is a regular media commentator often seen on the Drum and News24.

Abstract Submissions

Abstract submissions addressing the theme WESTERN - OUR NEW NORMAL are now CLOSED.

For more information about abstract submissions, please see the Abstract Submissions and Presentation Support (opens in a new window) page.

The full list of 2020 Presentations (opens in a new window) are now available for viewing.


Please direct all conference enquiries to

Our Sponsors

Western Sydney University would like to thank all of our wonderful Sponsors who have donated prizes to the 2020 Professional Staff Conference.