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International conference promotes better understanding of global employment issues in HE

The ‘Managing the academic workforce: Global challenges and opportunities’ international conference drew to a close today (4 July) with positive feedback from delegates from all corners of the world.

The conference, organised by UCEA and developed in partnership with UCEA’s counterparts in Canada (CAUBO/Faculty Bargaining Services) and Australia (the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association - AHEIA), was the first of its kind and similar such events are now expected to follow.

The conference facilitated debate around the common challenges facing HE employers, and provide a unique opportunity to explore the operation and experience from overseas of different bargaining frameworks.

Jocelyn Prudence, UCEA Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that delegates have supported this event and joined us from all around the world. Around 150 delegates from 15 countries have benefitted from first-rate presentations, debates, workshops as well as excellent networking opportunities. Thanks to all who have contributed to ensure that this conference has been so interesting and successful.”

Dr Sharon Cochran, Director, CAUBO/Faculty Bargaining Services (Canada), added: “The immediate impact of this conference has been clear with employers gaining a better understanding of context in an increasingly global market. The exchanges between member higher education institutions mean that we can learn from one another and take this knowledge back to our countries and institutions.”

Stuart Andrews, Executive Director, AHEIA (Australia), commented: “This has been an extremely beneficial conference for delegates to understand the common issues in the context of different operational environments. We are hopeful that this will act as the forerunner for future events on a rotational basis between the three main countries taking part.”

The event was also supported by the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

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