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President and Vice-Chancellor of UNSW, Professor Ian Jacobs

Dear colleagues

Many of you will have followed coverage in recent days about UNSW’s commitment to freedom of speech.

UNSW has an unequivocal commitment to freedom of expression and academic freedom.

Our policy is clear – freedom of expression at UNSW is no different to...Read more

UNSW students relax

Dear colleagues,

After a year of challenges, change and achievement it was good to see so many staff, their partners and their children relaxing at a memorable ‘Family Day’ event on November 30. Over 3,000 adults and children enjoyed clowns, pony rides, a petting farm with lambs, a calf...Read more

UNSW Main Walkway

Dear colleagues,

At the time of writing this newsletter the higher education sector is still awaiting the outcome of the government’s proposed legislation which will be considered in the Senate this month. This was a key topic at the recent Group of 8 (Go8) Board meeting, where there was...Read more

University walk

It is with deep sadness that I start this newsletter by offering my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Stephen Wooldridge who died last week.Read more

I am delighted to begin the newsletter with the news that Professor Eileen Baldry has this week been appointed as our first Deputy Vice-Chancellor Inclusion and Diversity.Read more

There have been some memorable moments for UNSW in the last month. A highlight for me was the UNSW Alumni Awards, where ten alumni who have made major contributions were honoured.Read more

It has been a turbulent few weeks for the higher education sector.Read more

I am writing this newsletter whilst travelling back from a Group of 8 and Universities Australia delegation to India, as part of the visit by Prime Minister Turnbull and Minister Simon Birmingham. The visit enabled our UNSW team to consolidate existing academic links and to build many new friendships and collaborations. The scale, energy and pace of change in India is impressive and exciting, with a rapidly expanding higher education sector and growing strength in advanced technologies such as computing, medical and space sciences, combined with an economy growing at 7% per annum. I was left in no doubt about the potential for UNSW to contribute to both education and research in partnership with colleagues and institutions in India.Read more

 It has been an exciting and vibrant start to the academic year at UNSW.Read more

Welcome back to the start of the new academic year.

The year began well with an outstanding Australia Day speech delivered by Michelle Simmons,...Read more


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