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Conversation: Dr Sally Eastoe, Executive Director Human Resources, The University of Melbourne

8/6/2021, #

The human resource function within higher education institutions has been at the forefront of leading and managing the pandemic response. As the Executive Director of Human Resources at The University of Melbourne, this country’s highest ranking university, Dr Sally Eastoe has a unique view of the ...

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Conversation: Dr Sally Eastoe, Executive Director Human Resources, The University of Melbourne

8/6/2021, #

The human resource function within higher education institutions has been at the forefront of leading and managing the pandemic response. As the Executive Director of Human Resources at The University of Melbourne, this country’s highest ranking university, Dr Sally Eastoe has a unique view of the ...

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Higher education in 2021 – the people landscape

24/2/2021, #

The impact of changes to the Australian higher education sector brought about by the global pandemic are far reaching. But what are the effects on the sector’s fundamental strength – its people? Is Australia different to other countries? Given the international reach of our search assignments ...

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Educational leadership in a post-COVID world

13/10/2020, #

The past six months has been challenging for all within the higher education sector. Leaders have had to respond rapidly, adapt to change and lead teams remotely. And as ANU’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt recently noted, “We don’t expect to ever return to business as usual post COVID”. ...

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Conversation: Stephen Connelly, Director, i-graduate Australia & GlobalEd Services

10/6/2020, #

International education is one of Australia’s greatest export successes of recent years. But it was also one of the earliest and most significantly impacted industries of the pandemic crisis. We talked with one of the most experienced participants in sector, Stephen Connelly to get a sense of ...

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Conversation: Professor Kevin Ashford-Rowe, PVC (Digital Learning) QUT

28/5/2020, #

With students around the world effectively locked out of school and university campuses as a result of the Covid pandemic, institutions had to move quickly to ensure that student learning could continue. Spear-heading QUT’s rapid online transformation was Professor Kevin Ashford-Rowe, one of ...

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Conversation: Kathy Nunn, Director, Elite Woodhams Relocation

20/4/2020, #

The easy movement of people, taken largely for granted over the past few decades, has been totally upended by the coronavirus pandemic. How is this situation affecting offshore candidates considering positions in Australia? What might be the longer-term implications? We speak with leading ...

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Conversation: Professor Christopher Barner-Kowollik, DVC, Research and Innovation, QUT

11/2/2020, #

Professor Barner-Kowollik is an ARC Laureate Fellow and distinguished international researcher in the area of polymer chemistry. Having led global research teams at three universities in Australia and Germany, he has recently taken up the role of Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation at ...

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Conversation: Barry Conyngham AM, Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

8/10/2019, #

Australia has a vibrant and internationally recognised arts culture and The University of Melbourne, incorporating the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, is a key participant. The new arts precinct at Southbank is a world class environment for students, staff, ...

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Conversation: Angela Barney-Leitch, Pro Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy, QUT

28/8/2019, #

Ms Angela Barney-Leitch joined QUT at the start of this year in the new position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy). She is responsible for providing leadership in developing the strategic direction of the university regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters. We recently ...

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Australia Remains a Top Talent Destination

7/6/2019, #

The ability of Australia to compete internationally, particularly in higher education and research, is highly dependent on our capacity to attract and retain top talent from offshore. A recent and comprehensive OECD study ‘Indicators of Talent Attractiveness’ (May 2019) concludes that Australia ...

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Leading in a Transformational Age: An Indian Perspective.

1/3/2019, #

Mr Prashant Tandon is the founder and CEO of 1mg, India's largest digital health platform. As a visionary healthcare entrepreneur, Tandon has been listed as one of India's top 40 most influential people under 40 years of age (Economic Times: 40 under 40). Mr Tandon was the keynote speaker at IRC ...

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2019 Higher education talent trends.

29/1/2019, #Education

The higher education sector not only shapes the world in which we live but also is shaped by it. While Australian universities undoubtedly punch above their weight internationally, they remain highly susceptible to global events; be they opportunities or challenges. This will no doubt continue in ...

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Keys Steps for Leading a Transformation

20/1/2019, #Leadership

Team Alignment for Business Transformation As the world becomes more and more turbulent, and as transformations are happening more regularly and with greater speed, the ability to successfully execute a business transformation is one of the most critical performance issues facing organisations. ...

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Conversation: Professor Pookong Kee, BHP Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University

19/10/2018, #

Professor Pookong Kee, currently Director of the University of Melbourne's Asia Institute has recently been appointed as the next BHP Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University. Professor Kee brings a unique perspective with his extensive experience at senior levels both in Australia and ...

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Higher Education in Africa – A Changing Landscape

31/8/2018, #

One of the benefits of membership of our global executive search alliance is a deeper understanding of the dynamics of education sectors around the world. We recently spoke with Tracy Dawson, a Partner with our sister firm in South Africa, about some of the trends she is witnessing within higher ...

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School Boards: Understanding the role is key to avoiding mistakes

2/7/2018, #Education

During a recent speech, the Victorian education minister, James Merlino, nominated leadership together with teacher education as the two most important issues currently facing schools. School Boards play an essential role in school leadership. They can be the backbone of a successful school but ...

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Leadership Transformation in a Digital Age

16/4/2018, #Leadership

At a recent IRC leadership event in Singapore Mr Vivek Bhatia, the Asia Pacific Regional CEO of engineering giant Thyssen Krupp, spoke on leadership transformation. Specifically, he explored the key requirements of successful leadership within the 4th industrial revolution; the digital age. As ...

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Conversation: Professor Zeger Degraeve, former Dean, Melbourne Business School

8/3/2018, #Education

Professor Zeger Degraeve recently retired as Dean of Melbourne Business School following a highly successfully six year term. His achievements include maintaining and enhancing the international standing of the School, modernising the degree programs, expanding executive education and developing a ...

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Disruption in Education

7/12/2017, #Education

Within the education sector 2017 has undoubtably been a year of continued disruption, both domestically and internationally. In the video below, filmed at our recent global conference, Rohan Carr reflects on the implications of this disruption, particularly from a talent perspective. Rohan A. Carr ...

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China’s education revolution: more questions than answers

25/9/2017, #Education

During a recent visit to Shanghai to attend our global IRC conference, it was interesting to observe the rapidly changing Chinese economic, social and political environment and the impact on the education sector. China’s higher education system is expanding at an astonishing rate. With 8 million ...

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Brexit, Trump and Visas

2/8/2017, #GlobalPolitics

Brexit, the Trump ascendency and the more restrictive Australian visa regime are illustrative of the significant changes in the global political landscape. They also have the potential to impact the movement of academic talent internationally. So what trends are emerging? There is little doubt ...

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Put yourself in their shoes: ‘Why would I join?’

11/5/2017, #Recruitment

The recruitment process requires significant time and resource investment by the hiring organisation, whether or not a recruitment firm is used. Organisations focus on preparing a position description, analysing the candidate attributes sought and the ideal candidate experience required. They may ...

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Talent Retention in Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

10/5/2017, #Education

Over the holiday break I came across a reprint of the first edition of the publication Campus Review, which was published some 25 years ago (August 1991), and then called Australian Campus Review Weekly. Although the publication had a different name and somewhat less stylish layout, the most ...

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Global Trends in Higher Education

9/12/2016, #Education

As consultants to the higher education sector we gain remarkable insights into the challenges facing leaders at both a local and international level. In the video below, filmed at our recent global conference, Rohan Carr reflects on 3 key issues impacting higher education. Rohan A. Carr December ...

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Maximising Human Potential: an Organisation’s Dilemma.

19/10/2016, #ExecutiveSearch

At our recent IRC Global Executive Search Partners conference, Mr Jan Muehlfeit, former Chairman Europe of Microsoft Corporation, discussed the challenges faced by organisations in maximising human potential. These challenges stand in the way of unlocking true people capability. Such capability is ...

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Leadership and the changing world of work

1/8/2016, #Leadership

“Up to 40% of current Australian jobs could disappear within the next 15 to 20 years as robots and computers continue their unstoppable advance.” This headline (ABC, 4 July 2016) does not herald anything new, but rather serves to highlight the changing nature of work. Some change is obvious, some ...

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University talent: it’s not just academic!

10/5/2016, #Education

One of the consequences of the focus on global rankings in the Higher Education sector has been the importance that Australian universities place on the attraction of research intensive academics, often from offshore institutions. Notwithstanding this, as we reflect on the past 15 plus years ...

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Global Education Practice Group

15/3/2016, #ExecutiveSearch

For the past seven years The Insight Group has been the proud Australian member firm of IRC Global Executive Search Partners. A key part of IRC’s success has been the development of eleven Global Practice Groups. One of these groups is focused exclusively on the education sector. Global Education ...

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