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December 2021

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Acting DVCA's message

Dear colleagues

We are almost at the end of the year and this has certainly been an exciting time to step back into the role of Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

December has been full of celebrations for our Portfolio and our University. The inaugural winners of both our Faculty Research Awards and our Executive Dean Teaching Awards were listed on our RED site yesterday. Our Portfolio achieved outstanding results in this year’s RED Excellence Awards. More than 120 staff in the Academic Portfolio were recognised as winners and almost 130 staff were recognised as highly commended. These award programs are certainly a reflection of the important and valuable work our Portfolio delivers.

This month hasn’t just been award season for our staff, with more than 3,200 of our graduands conferred in December. Given our in-person ceremonies have been postponed, I hope you all will ‘virtually send’ your congratulations and well wishes onto your now former students.

This week the University is hosting a staff wide trivia competition! There are still two games left and many prizes to be won. Details about the competition and how to register for a game are available on Yammer. I hosted the first game in the competition on Monday and it certainly was fun way to celebrate the end of the year.

In other news, Emeritus Professor Sue Carthew will commence full-time as our Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) from the beginning of January. Sue will be based part-time at our Bathurst campus and is currently working with us two days per week to familiarise herself with the University and our Portfolio.

Sue joins us from Charles Darwin University where she was previously the Provost and Vice-President. She has extensive experience in the tertiary sector, having held positions such as Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of School, Head of Discipline and Professor. Welcome, Sue. I look forward to working more closely with you next year.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff in the Academic Portfolio for their contributions this year. Our University, particularly our Portfolio, experienced many changes this year and I commend you all for your hard work and dedication to adjust to and implement these changes.

I hope you all have a happy and safe festive season.

I am excited to see what our University accomplishes in 2022!

Kind regards
Janelle
Professor Janelle Wheat
Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

 
December Spotlight blog live now
Get to know three of our Faculty Research Award winners.

Staff Updates and Achievements

ASIA Cyber Security Researcher of the Year Award
Congratulations to BJBS’s Professor Zahid Islam, Associate Professor Rafiqul Islam and Dr Ba Dung Le! The trio are part of project team that has won the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) Cyber Security Researcher of the Year Award! The Cyber Security CRC (CSCRC) project brings together researchers from Charles Sturt, Deakin University, and industry and government. It aims to promote the use of the Common Criteria (CC) among stakeholders in IT security products to give them confidence in the cyber security technologies that they are investing in or operating.

Champion for Change at World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED)
Nicholas Steepe, our University’s Advisor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, was nominated as a Champion for Change at the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education and Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia’s WAHED event. Nic’s nomination is in recognition of their work to improve inclusion and access to higher education and their significant achievements in the gender equity, mental health, First Nations and LGBTIQA+ spheres. As Chair of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, I would like to recognise the work Nic has been involved in to promote and advance LGBTIQA+ inclusion. This includes Nic’s work as a passionate member of our Committee and as a Co-Convenor of the Ally Network, facilitator of LGBTIQA+ training modules, marking days of significance, and work on the inclusivity of our systems, policies, and campus spaces. Congratulations, Nic!

Strategy Update

The Strategy teams have developed more than 70 FAQs from questions received in Town Halls, Leaders Forums and Faculty/School/Divisional meetings.
Education Strategy
The remainder of this year is being used to carefully plan out our 2022 projects and activities. Our immediate next steps include finalising our 3-year Education roadmap, our 1-year plans and our KPIs to ensure we are ready to begin in 2022. A key focus will be supporting the TEQSA re-registration and the implementation of the CDAP system (CourseLoop).

Our students and their learning experience remain at the core of our success and we are undertaking detailed scoping work to:
  • determine our future learning architectures, including the technology and systems necessary to support us in teaching and engaging students
  • effectively partner with DIT to ensure successful integration of the technology
There will be opportunities to be more involved in some of the Education initiatives as they evolve and further information on how you can become more involved will be available early next year.
Engagement Strategy
There are two areas of strong alignment between the Academic Portfolio and the emerging Engagement strategy:

Industry, community and government partnerships: As you will be aware, a number of exciting partnerships have been forged and announced for Charles Sturt in 2021, including IBM, Marathon Health, Axiom Connected, and Transgrid. There is much to be excited about in terms of the new opportunities across all areas of the University through our strategic partnerships.

The Engagement strategy specifically will involve focussing our efforts on integrating and aligning our partnership opportunities, with benefits for our students, research, and people, while contributing to our social responsibility. The goal is to ensure early and detailed collaboration between the Business Development team and with staff across the Faculties and Schools, where appropriate.

Workplace learning: Through our Engagement strategy, we are looking to expand our engagement with industry partners who we work with extensively in our workplace learning partnerships. This is about taking a broader view of the opportunities that exist via these partnerships, and how we can work together with industry to solve regional workforce challenges, now and into the future.

For more information or to set up additional discussions, please contact Tom Burton, Chief Development Officer – tburton@csu.edu.au
Next AWE ZOOM drop-in session by Acting DVCR
This Friday 17 December between 11am and 12pm, Professor Michael Friend will provide an update on the interim operating model from 1 January 2022 and host a Q&A.

Key Updates

Scholarly Activity: Complete it now!

There is still a high number of academic staff who are yet to complete their 2021 scholarly activity requirements. It is imperative that all continuing and fixed term academic staff evidence their scholarly activity for 2021. It is an EDRS requirement. If you have not recorded and uploaded your artefact and reflection yet, please ensure you have done this before the end of the year.

Help with Scholarly Activity is available from the Faculty Librarians and via the Scholarly Activity website.

TEQSA Update

TEQSA and ESOS re-registration is our number one priority for 2022.

To support the process, the key areas of responsibility have been grouped and Domain leads nominated to guide the re-registration process.  You may be asked to contribute to one or more of the areas of evidence collection or on activities to close gaps in order for us to submit our application later next year.
  
 
HESF Domain Charles Sturt Domain Leader
Domain 1 Student Participation and Attainment Ms Jacqueline Clements, Executive Director, Student Success
Domain 2 Learning Environment Gareth Hughes, Executive Director • Division of Safety, Security and Wellbeing
Domain 3 Teaching Professor Janelle Wheat, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)
Domain 4 Research and Research Training A/Prof Jason White, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation
Domain 5 Institutional Quality Assurance A/Prof Lucy Webster, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)
Domain 6 Governance and Accountability Mr Tony Heywood, Director, Governance
Domain 7 Representation, Information and Information Management Kim Broadley, Associate Director, Compliance • Office of Governance and Corporate Affairs
ESOS Leader CRICOS registration Bronwyn Gilson, Head, International Compliance • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Engagement)
 
Polaris Program Update
Polaris program
The Polaris Program has recently begun the Enterprise Resource Planning project, gone to market for a new Learning Management System, and started an investigation into the Adobe platform.
Visit the program’s webpage for details.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP+) Platform
The team continues with the Student Administration, Finance and Supply Chain configuration design workshops, involving stakeholders from many areas of the University. 

Design workshops will run until end-February 2022 for Finance and Supply Chain and end of June 2022 for Student Administration. The design workshops aim to identify system impacts, best practices, and potential change impacts.

Learning Management System (LMS)
We are expecting informational responses from 3 LMS vendors this week. We are forming a validation team to take part in the platform selection process in January/February 2022. 
Implementation of the new LMS is likely to commence in Q2 2022. 

Curriculum Design, Accreditation and Publication (CDAP) Platform
Testing, data migration, integration and quality checks are continuing. 
User Acceptance Testing (UAT) will occur in January/February 2022 and will also include data quality checks. End-user training will also happen at this time with go-live in February 2022.
Visit the CDAP webpage for details.

Changes to DIT’s Technology Initiatives expression of interest approach

The yearly Technology Initiatives expression of interest approach has been replaced with a more agile process, where staff are able to propose new project ideas at any time of the year. To help facilitate this, the Division of Information Technology will be holding liaison meetings with the Faculties and Divisions to understand the IT needs of each area.

The IT Project Management Office has adopted a stage gate process to strengthen the governance of projects. All projects will work their way through the stage gates, starting with an initial Project Charter which is reviewed by the Project Review Board. Project proposals are further refined through a Business Case before being assessed by the Technology Governance Committee. The process will be formally launched in January 2022.

Questions about the new IT project approach can be directed to Sophie Dewar, Associate Director IT PMO.

Updates from the Office of Global Engagement and Partnerships

Course updates
We’ve had unprecedented interest in our Bachelor of Nursing from international onshore students. OGEP expects to meet the maximum allocation of quota places and deliver a record intake of international students in the course at our regional campuses.

The brand-new Master of Professional Accounting (Professional Practice) and Master of Professional Information Technology have just been CRICOS registered and launched in market. These new courses from FoBJBS will drive on-campus enrolments from our key offshore markets in India, Nepal and Pakistan, and be elemental to recovery of market share in 2022.

OGEP is also working with FoS SAEVS on the upcoming Master of Agriculture for launch on-campus in 2023.

International partners – update
The 2021 Sino-Australian Presidents Meeting for Charles Sturt and the China Joint Cooperation Program was held virtually last month. The gathering, chaired by Professor Leon, reinforced the strong relationship built over our 22-year partnership and our plans to work together to continue to implement high-quality Australia-China cooperative education projects.

Tianjin University of Commerce (TUC) will undergo its Chinese Ministry of Education extension on the Joint Program in 2022 and contract renegotiations have commenced with Office, Global Engagement & Partnerships, BJBS and TUC.

Charles Sturt University has been in partnership with the Economics and Finance Institute (EFI) for over 20 years, delivering the Master of Commerce in Cambodia. A renewal of the partnership has now been approved and a four-year agreement will be renewed commencing in 2022. The partnership is strategically important so we can expand our course offerings in the emerging educational market of South East Asia.

During 2021 Charles Sturt and Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Ming Hua Theological College (MHTC) & HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE) commenced discussions on the renewal of the partnership agreements. The decision has been made to continue the cooperation and negotiations on the new agreements are being finalised. The programs align with the University Strategy building social and economic value through community engagement and partnership opportunities.
Workshop – Mainstreaming Education for the SDGs
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network AusNZPac in partnership with ACTS and PRME AusNZ are hosting on online regional workshop on Mainstreaming Education for the SDGs in Higher Education in February 2022.
Expressions of interest to contribute to the workshop close on Friday 17 December.

Portfolio news

Have you seen our new 'making it in the media' video?
In the clip Charles Sturt communication grad and Editor in Chief of Instyle USA, Laura Brown, shares how she went from university graduate to travelling the word as media professional. Well done to our academics in the School of Information and Communication Studies for their contribution to this video and our revitalised Bachelor of Communication. 
Making it in Media. How Laura Brown went from Charles Sturt graduate to travelling the world!
Division of Library Services News
Refurbishments in the Learning Commons
This year we’ve done a host of work with the Division of Facilities Management to improve our on-campus study spaces. Many of the refurbishments are in response to student and staff feedback. Keep those ideas coming, and we hope you enjoy the improved Library spaces!

Bathurst: Bathroom Upgrade – this project brings great new facilities to our student spaces, including a gender neutral accessibility bathroom, fully refurbished student bathrooms, a refurbished parent room, and new tiles in the stairwells and throughout the Commons.

Orange: We added individual study desks and new comfortable casual seating spaces in the Library.

Albury: Thanks to partial funding by SSAF, from next year we’ll be providing 24/7 access to all study spaces, and improved access to our Collection materials.

Wagga Wagga: The Regional Archives & Art Collection will be moving to Building 13 in 2022. Plans for the relocation project are nearing completion and more details will be provided next year.
Division of Student Success
First Nations Student Success
Congratulations to the First Nations Student Connect team who are winners in the 2021 Charles Sturt Excellence Awards in the Successful Graduates category! The award recognises the team’s outstanding work to transform our University’s services for First Nations students. The team has demonstrated adaptability, innovation, high performance, and a student-centred mindset - all balanced with a commitment to cultural safety, maintaining cultural protocols and respecting the unique world views of First Nations Peoples in our student body and communities.

Study Link: School to Uni has arrived
Our new and unique Study Link: School to Uni program allows Year 10, 11, and 12 students to explore what university is really like. School teachers will lead their students throughout the subject and will have flexible access to professional learning as facilitators in the School to Uni Open Learning environment. Technical support will be provided by Charles Sturt Study Link staff. The program builds upon the success of the Future Moves Aspiration building programs for K-10 and enriches the Division of Students’ recruitment activities.

Updates from the Student Retention team
The 202190 Census date has now passed. Overall, 477 students were identified as disengaged and placed on the call-out list. Of these students, 199 (42%) had successful dialogue with our Outreach Calling Team. A total of 39 students have now submitted an assessment item, and 65 students have accessed i2 and are no longer considered disengaged and 239 students (50%) have withdrawn.

To prepare for the implementation of the Job-ready Graduates Package in 2022, The Retention Team has expanded the criteria used in previous sessions to defer disengaged students.

Cancel enrolment/defer
Currently, 42 students are completely disengaged and have not accessed i2 at all for any subject in session 3. These students are all enrolled in a HEPPP-monitored subject and had no dialogue with the Outreach Team. Our analysis from previous sessions indicates these students are very likely to receive FNS grades. For the first time this list includes continuing students with poor academic history.

Opt In
Our records show 27 students enrolled in HEPPP monitored subjects have not submitted early assessment items in monitored subjects, have not accessed i2 for at least 7 days, did not have dialogue with the Outreach Team and have very poor academic history. Our data suggests that these students have a low chance of success, however we would like to trial an ‘opt in’. Students will have the opportunity of remaining in their subjects, but only if they reply to an email sent from Student Administration or SMS.
Some wellbeing apps to use during the holidays!
headspace
AllTrails
Insight Timer
Apple Fitness+

News

International students return to regions to immerse in studies

Eight international students landed in Australia on Monday 6 December on the first flight of the NSW International Student Arrivals Pilot Plan to continue their studies at Charles Sturt University.

  • First group of international students arrive at Charles Sturt University regional campuses on Monday 13 December
  • Seven students arrive at Charles Sturt in Orange and one in Wagga Wagga, with another 18 students expected to arrive in Australia on Christmas eve
  • Charles Sturt has been working with the federal and state governments and Study NSW to expedite the return of international students
Graduate's fascination with how computers work leads to a University Medal

A fascination with how computers work has paid off for a first-in-family Charles Sturt University computing graduate who has been awarded a University Medal.

  • More than 3,200 Charles Sturt graduates conferred on Friday 3 December
  • Bathurst graduate Mr Dylan Sheaves, who graduated with a Bachelor of Computer Sciences (with Specialisation), says receiving University Medal is 'a massive honour'
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