2022 AAIR Forum Review
Is it Clear AAIR Ahead?
Is it Clear AAIR Ahead?
For the first time in 3 years, the AAIR Forum held a hybrid event, where 71 people attended Macquarie University in person, and a further 57 attended virtually, from 30 November to 2 December. It was wonderful seeing people from so many places across Australia, plus international visitors from New Zealand and Japan. It was especially wonderful to learn that we had 62 first-time AAIR Forum attendees across both face-to-face and virtual registrations).
The AAIR Executive Committee wishes to thank our platinum partners, Explorance and Altis, and our silver partners, QILT and the Social Research Centre, for their ongoing support of the AAIR Forum. Finally, we would like to thank our venue sponsor Macquarie University along with Macquarie University staff for supporting the Forum.
For the opening day, we held our Special Interest Group (SIG) sessions on the Wednesday afternoon. It was wonderful to have Australian Government representatives attend the Load Management and Planning SIG, the Government Reporting SIG, and the Surveys and Evaluation SIG. AAIR wishes to thank the government representatives for their continued support of AAIR. We also hosted the Business Intelligence and Analytics SIG. The AAIR Executive Committee wishes to thank all AAIR SIG Chairs for their contribution, continued leadership, and presentations throughout the year. Following the SIG sessions, it was time for a social get-together for all those attending the AAIR Forum in person. This social function was held at UBar at the university, where the Social Research Centre sponsored pizzas and drinks.
Day 2 of the AAIR Forum began with an acknowledgment and welcome to the AAIR Forum by the AAIR President, Stuart Terry. Stuart also thanked our official Day 2 partner, Explorance for their ongoing support of AAIR. Jonathan Wylie, Vice President of Strategy, Planning and Performance, then officially welcomed the attendees to Macquarie University. Jonathan then gave a brief history of Macquarie University.
The first keynote presentation was presented by Andrew Norton from Australian National University. He talked about the future direction of higher education policy affecting Australian higher education providers. Andrew explained how some policies and bills have potentially significant implications for higher education. He also provided some details on future proposals under the Australian Universities Accord the proposed dates for the review, proposed outcomes, and the introduction of those changes.
Following the keynote, we held the 2022 AAIR AGM. AAIR President, Stuart Terry, outlined the many achievements of the Association throughout 2022, especially as we emerge from COVID-19 into a position where AAIR will again be hosting ‘in-person’ events. At the AGM, we also had the pleasure of voting in a new life member, Greg Jakob. Well deserved Greg, especially for your role as AAIR Treasurer over the last 4 years while the country was in lockdown, for keeping AAIR viable through this difficult time, and for your service on the committee prior to that since 2015. From all of us at AAIR, good luck in your retirement from the higher education sector.
For the remainder of Day 2 and the afternoon of Day 3, the AAIR Forum had several concurrent sessions for AAIR members, with topics ranging from qualitative data analysis, analysis of first year students, new data and analytics in higher education, and higher degree research analysis, to survey analysis during COVID-19, and surviving TCSI.
At the beginning of Day 3, we had the pleasure welcoming the keynote presenter David Miller, Chief Data Officer at Macquarie University. David presented on some of the achievements undertaken by his team in the Business Intelligence and Reporting Office, and how his team has supported the university’s operating plan and senior management in their decision-making process.
We also had a very open panel discussion with Dr Leanne Holt (Macquarie University) and Ron Bull (Otago Polytechnic) on equity in higher education. Specifically, this was a discussion on Australian indigenous students and New Zealand Māori students, and how a comparison of the different government policies across these 2 countries had resulted in different but also similar outcomes.
At the conclusion of the AAIR Forum, we congratulated our winners.
Best Presenter award:
Best New Presenter award:
Thank you to all presenters during the AAIR forum.
AAIR Executive Committee Member and Newsletter Editor
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