Prof Geoff Scott Seminar – Turnaround leadership for sustainability in higher education
Ako Aotearoa Northern Hub was delighted to host a seminar recently with Prof Geoff Scott, Executive Director Sustainability, University of Western Sydney, to discuss key findings from The Australian Learning and Teaching Council’s Turnaround Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education (TLSHE) project.
The seminar was held at AUT's Council Room on Friday 8 June 2012. A group of over twenty education leaders with a high level of interest in this area, attended and participated in Geoff Scott's further research.
The presentation provided the ideal forum for discussion on the implications for national and regional action related to the key findings presented. It focussed on the emerging sustainability in higher education agenda, with particular attention on the turnaround leadership for sustainability in HE results, and the quality and standards agenda in higher education.
Most tertiary institutions in New Zealand now have sustainability somewhere on their agenda, although for some it is a much higher priority than for others. The TLSHE project seeks to define the capabilities which make an educationally effective higher education leader for sustainability, and produce resources to develop and monitor these leadership capabilities. The study is now funded by the Australian Government’s Office of Learning and Teaching (formerly the ALTC) and has involved key players in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., European mainland, the USA, Canada and Mexico. The accompanying flier (460 KB PDF), produced prior to commencement of the project, provides background information on the project. 188 leaders of sustainability in higher education have completed the online survey and the results are exceptionally interesting.
This is the year of Rio +20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, and the project team is also involved in formulating the Higher Education Treaty for this key meeting. What Geoff discussed at the workshop will link directly to this work also.