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University Workforce of the Future...Global Perspectives

This is the third international HE employers’ conference developed in partnership with UCEA’s counterparts in Canada - CAUBO/Faculty Bargaining Services - and Australia – the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA).

The 2017 conference is being hosted by our Australian colleagues at the InterContinental Sydney with the conference dinner to be held on Tuesday 2 May at the iconic Museum of Contemporary Arts (MCA).

The conference format will be as follows:

Monday 1 May at 6pm - official welcome drinks
Tuesday 2 May and Wednesday 3 May – full 2 day conference programme
Thursday 4 and Friday 5 May - Optional university study tours (included in conference package, full details to be confirmed) to visit the Australian Catholic University and Macquarie University.

The conference will explore and debate shared workforce challenges facing HE institutions operating in an increasingly globalised environment. It will also provide a valuable and timely opportunity to share experiences of different bargaining frameworks and approaches to employment issues across the countries represented.


The programme is in an advanced stage of development; major sessions already planned will include:

  • An overview of challenges facing universities across the three nations
  • Bargaining developments and trends
  • Boundaries of academic freedom
  • Governance and unions
  • The university workforce of the future
  • Changing academic pathways
  • Managing and rewarding performance
  • Being a global university

Concurrent sessions will cover:

  • Supporting early career academics
  • Academic workload
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • The casual academic workforce
  • Gender pay


Among the speakers who are confirmed to date are:

  • Dr Thomas Chase, Provost and Vice-President (Academic), University of Regina (CAN)
  • Professor Brigid Heywood, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Tasmania (AUS)
  • William Locke, Reader in Higher Education Studies, University College London
  • Angela Hildyard, Senior Advisor to the President and former Vice-President Human Resources and Equity, University of Toronto (CAN)
  • Professor Mark E. Smith, Vice-Chancellor, Lancaster University (UK)
  • James Butler, Director of CAUBO-FBS (CAN)
  • Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor and Warden, Durham University (UK)
  • Stuart Pill, Partner, Clayton Utz (AUS)
  • Dr Daniel Julius, Provost and Senior Vice President, New Jersey City University, (USA)
  • Professor John Germov, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts (Sociology and Anthropology), University of Newcastle, (AUS)
  • Tina Crawford, Deputy Director, Workforce Strategy & Transformation
  • University of Newcastle (AUS)
  • Stuart Andrews, Executive Director, AHEIA (AUS)
  • Laurence Hopkins, Head of Research, UCEA (UK)


The conference, conference dinner, and optional study tours are all included in the conference fee, but accommodation is not included. You can register for the conference now by visiting the conference website. The website suggests accommodation options that will need to be booked separately. More information on the conference hotel and alternative hotels can be found on the dedicated page of the conference website.

UK delegates can get a 50% discount on the standard conference fee by using a special conference code when booking. When completing the online registration UCEA delegates must select the ‘Non-Member (AHEIA) fee’ and input a special conference code at the end of the registration process under payment to receive either of the discounted registration fee offers listed below. Please contact to confirm the code 

  • Early Bird Registration Fee (book by Monday 3 April 2017) – AUD$797.50 (£485 approximately on 24 January 2017
  • Full Registration Fee (for bookings made after Monday 3 April 2017) – AUD$897.50

Early bird registration closes on Monday 3 April 2017, but attendees are encouraged to register and book accommodation and flights as early as possible due to high demand in Sydney in May.

For any further queries about the conference bookings process, please contact Henry Wong, Conference Manager by emailing