It is a great privilege to be the first PVC (Teaching & Learning) at The University of Queensland. As Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, I have had the opportunity to be involved with some wonderful developments in teaching and learning. My new role has already given me the chance to see that there are many examples throughout the University of staff dedicated to improving the learning experiences of students. Such commitment is seen in the use of new technologies and innovative developments in teaching and learning and in the re-examination of curricula and assessment to ensure that programs best meet the needs of both students and future employers, alike. One of my first tasks is to develop a framework that will clearly articulate the future for teaching and learning at UQ. It will set out how the University will support staff and students to ensure we continue to be recognised for our quality teaching. This framework will come out of the new Teaching and Learning Enhancement Plan, currently under development. The planning for this new framework has already involved staff and students from across the University.
The Carrick Institute heralds a major change in higher education policy. For me, leading the review and selection processes for the Carrick Awards and Grants has been fascinating. It is very heartening to see the increasing emphasis that is being placed on teaching and scholarship at UQ. Even though the teaching awards scheme has been around for sometime, both at UQ and nationally, the creation of Carrick has injected discretionary funding for teaching and learning activities into the sector, something that has long been accepted in research. I have been very pleased with the success we have had this year in obtaining fellowships and grants, details of which are provided in the body of the newsletter.
Over the coming months, I plan to take every opportunity to engage with both staff and students about their experiences and ideas on teaching and learning.
Professor Deborah Terry
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)