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Leaders of change: building a sustainable future for universities

Welcome to the Hub, a repository for content relating to the summit theme of ‘Leaders of change: building a sustainable future for universities‘. It features content of particular interest to participants wanting to prepare for their attendance at the summit.

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Students expect universities to do more on climate change

We must move away from small-scale mitigation efforts and think on a larger scale about how to radically revamp teaching and research, says Joy Carter. If the coronavirus is like a storm battering the planet, there is every danger that the full impact of climate change will feel like a tsunami.

September 20th, 2020
Are university leaders up to the challenges of the ‘phygital’ world?

To navigate the pandemic, organisations need a frank review of their competencies, at both senior management and board level, says Michael Hartmann.

September 10th, 2020
Is academic guidance sustainable at distance?

Seeking out students for personal tutoring in socially distanced times is the labour-intensive but necessary task that may defeat universities, says Michael Wynn-Williams.

September 3rd, 2020
Leadership qualities do not have a gender

Obliging women to adopt ‘male’ characteristics is not just unfair – it also impoverishes university management, says Corinne Houart.

August 20th, 2020
The ‘baby penalty’ was not born with the coronavirus

In the new normal, the situation for female academics with children is even worse, says Enrica Maria Ferrara.

August 9th, 2020
Research will suffer if community ties neglected, letter warns

The quality of scholarship undertaken in the wake of the pandemic could suffer if university partnerships with community groups are not properly factored into post-Covid plans for research collaboration, academics have warned.

August 2nd, 2020
Female academics ‘feel less prepared for professorships’

Female academics in the UK feel less prepared to take on a professorship when they are appointed than do their male counterparts, and a study suggests attributes women’s feelings of unpreparedness at time of appointment to lack of confidence.

July 25th, 2020
We must get beyond research management-by-numbers

Very few aspects of our lives escape numerical evaluation for comparative purposes but simplistic performance measures hold research back, says Jim McCluskey, as Melbourne becomes the first Australian university to sign up to Dora.

July 17th, 2020
Leadership crisis besets University of the South Pacific

A leadership crisis at the University of the South Pacific (USP) shows no signs of ending quickly, as one of the world’s most distinctive institutions finds itself enmeshed in payment scandals, governance disputes and diplomatic tensions.

July 14th, 2020
Leading from a distance: starting a v-c job during lockdown

The first 100 days are considered now-or-never opportunities for incoming leaders to disrupt entrenched practices ever since newly installed president Franklin D. Roosevelt took swift action to steer the US out of the Great Depression. Covid-19 ushered in a very different first 100 days for new University of Auckland head Dawn Freshwater.

July 13th, 2020

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