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Auckland Symposium 2012

Auckland Symposium 2012

At Auckland University, an URGE group has formed and has been meeting regularly to hold academic discussions about developments in New Zealand universities in the light of the work of the URGE project, its workshops and publications. A symposium was held on 6-7 November 2012 which, in seven sessions,  involved most participants giving presentations of different aspects of the changing role, organisation and meaning of the public university in New Zealand. Three members of DPU, Aarhus University, on URGE exchange visits, also presented their work. This addition to the URGE programme of workshops was a great way for the Danish visitors to feel welcomed, to meet URGE participants in New Zealnd and become integrated into their dscussions.

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The Death of the Public University?

Date: Tuesday 6th – Wednesday 7th November

Venue: Clock Tower Presentation Room, University of Auckland

DAY 1: Tuesday 6th November

09:15 – 09.30:

09:30 – 09:45:
Welcome and Introduction

09:45 – 11:00:
Session 1: Democracy in the University: How About a Really Open University?
Speakers: Dr Sean Sturm, Centre for Academic Development (Chair); Dr Stephen Turner, English; Dr Campbell Jones, Sociology; Dr Matheson Russell, Philosophy

11:00 – 11:15:

11:15 – 12:45:
Session 2: Academics, Students and the New Subjects of Power: Beyond the University in Ruins?
Speakers: Miri Davidson, Anthropology (Chair); Dr Gritt Nielson, Graduate School of Education, Aarhus University;
Jai Bentley-Payne, Willem Church, Mengzhu Fu, Adam Craigie, Nat Jacques (UoA students)

12:45 – 13:45:          

13:45 – 15:15     
Session 3: Alternative Models: The Trust University: How does one build trust within the University?
Speakers: Assoc Prof Elizabeth Rata, Critical Studies in Education (Chair); Saba Kiani, Critical Studies in Education; Prof Sue Wright, Graduate School of Education,  Aarhus University; Prof Nigel Haworth, Management and International Business

15:15 – 15:30                           
Afternoon tea

15:30 – 17:00     
Session 4: The Public University and Commercialisation: The Third Missionary Position?
Speakers: Prof Cris Shore, Anthropology (Chair); Dr Nick Lewis, School of Environment; Jennifer Gao, Management and International Business; Dr Helen Charters, Applied Language Studies and Linguistics.

DAY 2: Wednesday 7th November

09:30 – 11:00     
Session 5: Academic Grades and Standards: Performing the University of Excellence?
Speakers: Dr Paul Taillon, History (Chair); Assoc Prof Alex Sims, Commercial Law; Prof Tim Hazledine, Economics

11: 00 – 11.30          
Morning tea

11:30 – 13:00     
Session 6: Equity, Change, and the Public Good: Who are the University’s Publics?
Speakers: Dr Airini, Critical Studies in Education (Chair); Assoc Prof Damon Salesa, Centre for Pacific Studies; Assoc Prof Peter O’Connor, Critical Studies in Education

13:00 – 14:00                            

14:00 – 15:30     
Session 7: Education versus Training: Education for What?
Speakers: Prof John Morgan, Curriculum and Pedagogy (Chair); Dr Dirk Michel Schertges, Graduate School of Education, Aarhus University; Dr Fiona Ell, Learning, Development and Professional Practice; Assoc Prof Barbara Grant, Critical Studies in Education

15:30 – 16:00                            
Wrapping up Session