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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 with conference dinner on evening of 2 May.
Thursday 4 and Friday 5 May - Optional university study tours (included in conference package) 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, as currently planned, can be seen on the conference website, together with the study tour details.

Major sessions include:

  • An overview of challenges facing universities across the three nations
  • Bargaining developments and trends across Australia, the UK, the USA, Canada and New Zealand
  • Governance and unions
  • The university workforce of the future
  • Academic pathways
  • Managing and rewarding performance
  • Contingent academic employment
  • Being a global university

Concurrent sessions will cover:

  • Supporting early career academics
  • Academic work allocation and roles
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • HE placements and internships across the three nations
  • Gender pay and advancing women
  • Boundaries of academic freedom


Speakers who are confirmed to date (UK colleagues highlighted) are:

  • Dr Thomas Chase, Provost and Vice-President (Academic), University of Regina (CAN)
  • Professor Andrew Vann, Vice-Chancellor, Charles Sturt University (AUS)
  • Liz Bare, Honorary Senior Fellow, LH Martin Institute (AUS)
  • Professor Brigid Heywood, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Tasmania (AUS)
  • Angela Hildyard, Senior Advisor to the President, University of Toronto (CAN)
  • Susan Shutter, Pro Vice-Chancellor Human Resources, Regent’s University London (UK)
  • James Butler, Director of CAUBO-FBS (CAN)
  • Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor and Warden, Durham University (UK)
  • Stuart Pill, Partner, Clayton Utz (AUS)
  • Steve Wragg, Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)
  • William Locke, Deputy Director, Centre for Global HE, UCL (UK)
  • Professor Alastair Burt, University of Adelaide (AUS)
  • Dr Daniel Julius, Provost and Senior Vice President, New Jersey City University, (USA)
  • Amy Norton, Senior Policy Officer, HEFCE
  • Indi Seehra, HR Director, London School of Economics and Political Science (UK)
  • Professor Steve Chapman, Vice-Chancellor and President, Edith Cowan University (AUS)
  • Dr Kathyrn Sutherland, Associate Dean, Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)
  • Professor Leo Goedegebuure, Director LH Martin Institute (AUS)
  • Professor John Germov, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts (Sociology and Anthropology), University of Newcastle, (AUS)
  • Dean Morley, HR Director, Royal College of Art (UK)
  • Professor Candice Harris, Associate Dean, Auckland University of Technology (NZ)
  • Helen Fairfoul, Chief Executive, UCEA (UK)
  • 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 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 

  • Full Registration Fee (for bookings made after Monday 3 April 2017) – AUD$897.50 (£539 approximately on 12 April 2017, see for the latest rates).

Registration closes on Friday 21 April 2017.

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