Faculty of Arts
Ready for AUQA#2?
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Context
Themes:
• International activities
• Research & Research Education
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• Overlap with quality approach in all areas
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Arts Faculty Governance
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Faculty Board
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Faculty Management Group
Faculty Quality & Standards Committee
Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee
Faculty Research Committee
Faculty Higher Degree Research Committee
Faculty Committee
Faculty Marketing and Outreach Committee
Faculty Space Committee
Faculty IT & Web Committee
Student Experience Sub-Committee
Internationalisation Sub-Committee
Postgraduate Coursework Committee
Occupational Health and Safety Committee
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Arts Planning and Review
• Arts Faculty Strategic Plan built on:
– [email protected]
– MQ Research & L&T Strategic Plans & TILT & International
– Partnership and Performance
• Research, L&T, Social Inclusion, Business & Community Engagement,
Organisational Sustainability
• VC/DVC KPIs
• Approved by Faculty Board (on Tuesday)
• Dept Plans localise the Faculty Plan
• Review cycle commencing in 2009
– Considers student satisfaction, retention, success, publications etc
– Measure progress and devise actions to achieve goals
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Workload and PDR
• All Departments use workload models - no Faculty
wide model (yet) until institutional direction.
• PDR is progressing
• Casual staff are offered (paid) induction
• L&T Professional development is aligned with staff
induction and open to all staff
• L&T, HDR, Research: partly integrated professional
development program
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Quality Enhancement
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FSQC in place and undertaken successful massive curriculum renewal task
– People and Planet units developed
– Capstone units developed
– Programs/Majors/Deletions/Proposals
Department Review cycle in place
Benchmarking and moderation of units, programs, assessment standards
External reviews (ICOM, Law)
OUS Staff Induction
How do we know?
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Student feedback (internal and external), employer feedback, benchmarking,
Annual Review, HDR success/completions, publication outcomes, grant
success, audit trail of documents to APC
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International Students in Arts
• From 2004 to 2008
– Commencements increased 131 - 167
– Continuing load increased 285 - 369
– Total student enrolment increased 416 – 536
– 2008: HDR 90; PG: 198; U/G 248
– Commencing HDR students spiked in S1 2008, otherwise
steady increase over 3 years
– U/G intake slightly declining since 2006
– P/G – intake increasing, continuing students declining - ??
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International enrolments by program
Top 8: 2009
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Master of Arts in International Communication (22)
Master of International Relations
Bachelor of Arts in Media and Cultural Studies
Bachelor of International Communication
Master of Policing, Intelligence & Counter Terrorism
Master of International Secutiry Studies
Bachelor of International Studies
Bachelor of media
Key Source Countries:
• China (19.5%), USA, Germany, Canada, Thailand, India (3.3%)
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International Activity
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Integrated approach
Internationalisation Committee (reps from Research, HDR, L&T)
Link Assessment/Grad Capability 6: Global & Local Citizenship
Student Fieldwork/Student Exchange/Internships
Staff Mobility and Collaboration
Travel Calendar
Visiting Fellows/Scholars
MJS (Japanese Studies) Centre scholarships and activities
Language & Culture curriculum (International Studies; ICOM etc)
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International Activity
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Intercultural tele-collaboration projects (Australia/Europe)
Co-tutelles
Erasmus Mundus Consortium – MA Global Studies
Innovative Universities European Union Centre (IUEU)
"Cross-Culturally Speaking, Speaking Cross-Culturally“, July 2009
Global Futures Program
Curriculum: International Communications, International Studies,
Languages, Global History, International Relations
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Higher Degree Research
in the Faculty of Arts
• Associate Dean (HDR) – Marea Mitchell
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Minimum Resources
• Minimum resources
• HDR Guide for Candidates and Supervisors
p. 44
• 4 sq m space, desk/work station, chair
• Shelving, lock-up drawers
• Access to power point, network port, phone
etc
• Access to shared common room
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Minimum Resources
• 419 HDR students, split 162 part-time and
257 full.
• Audit of existing rooms (17/3/09)
• AFTRS 2009/2010
• Library 2010
• Any ideas?
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Recruitment
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2009 targets: 400 University
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34 new Arts HDR candidates. 47% total S1 2008.
51 applications still being processed or offers
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Why numbers are down?
How else we can make Arts at Macquarie a preferred option for HDR
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Making our research environment place where HDRS want to be:
inclusive research environment.
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Targeted recruitment material with the Faculty Marketing Coordinator
Ross McGhee
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Completions
• 2009 target approx 70
• 45 identified by mid year
• Manager Arts HDR data for HDR director and
HoDs
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QUALITY
• Examination process/quality of examiners
• VC commendations
• Co-tutelle:
– FOA 16 [FOHS 8, FOS 21]
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Code of Supervisory Practice
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The Higher Degree Research Guide for
Candidates and Supervisors 2009 pp. 22 ff.
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Pervasive and Inclusive Research Culture
Student surveys
Departmental research activities
Websites, links, invitations
Faculty initiatives (AD R and AD HDR)
March 16th 4.30 Courtyard
What is an inclusive research culture?
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Learning and Teaching
in the Faculty of Arts
• Associate Dean (Learning &Teaching)
– Marnie Hughes-Warrington
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What has changed since the last audit?
• Review and identification of delegations (‘who is authorised to
decide x in learning and teaching?’)
• A reorganisation of L&T committees, taking in terms of reference,
membership and relationship with Senate committees and LTC
working groups
• Both of these are explained in more detail in the Faculty manual
• Evidence: minutes, audit trail of forms
Senate Learning and Teaching Committee
Academic Program
Committee
Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee
Faculty Board
Faculty Board
Student Experience subcommittee
Assessment, Induction,
Capstone working groups
Faculty Standards and
Quality Committee
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Internationalisation
• Arrangements for international students in Australia
– Student experience considered in the student experience
sub-committee (SES)
– Entry requirements, including language requirements, to be
a departmental and faculty decision (international
committee) as well as a decision of Macquarie International
– How can induction be better tailored to meet the needs of
international students?
– Do you know about ESOS? HoDs can arrange for a
departmental briefing
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– Student feedback, minutes from the International Committee
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Internationalisation: Curriculum
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Student mobility:
– Every department sends out and receives students on study abroad
programs
– Inbound: Has your department discussed whether those students need
extra support? Can you bring that to the attention of the SES?
– Some have dedicated units, eg International Studies, Politics and IR
Outbound: how do you prepare students for the experience?
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UGO captures reports of alignment between assessment tasks and
graduate capability 6: local and global knowledge
What activities did your department report last year in the self-audit?
HoDs can contact me for a copy of their report
New curriculum
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Global futures (participation in global service)
People and Planet encourage the movement and mixing of students across campus
Evidence: enrolments figures, exchange figures, student feedback,
UGO reports
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Internationalisation: Academic
Standards
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Reflected in the development and application of academic standards
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programs majors and units
• FSQC activities are guided by frameworks such as the National Code of Practice
for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education for Overseas Students
(2007) as the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
– teaching and peer review
• Faculty Foundations in Learning and Teaching Program Learning Outcomes are
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The UK Professional Standards for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education
The Dublin Descriptors for a second cycle award
The Tuning Structures
As well as local frameworks, such as those developed in the Teaching Quality Indicators Project
• We are participants in a University-wide proposal to benchmark peer review of
teaching with international partners
• Evidence: minutes, audit trail of documents to APC, assessment
tasks completed in FIeLT, peer review records
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Internationalisation: Academic
Standards
• Our assessment mentors are working in
departments to outline standards students
need to reach to achieve grades in units
– Over 2009, those standards are to be benchmarked against
the Tuning Structures, and other international benchmarks
(eg American Political Science Association, or in conjunction
with Victoria University, Wellington), as well as the Australian
qualifications framework and MQ grading policy
– Working now to suggest structures and processes for
moderation, including external moderators
• Evidence: minutes, assessment standards, examination meeting
reports, moderation reports
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Mentors? Tuning? Dublin?
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Cynthia Townley (Philosophy)
Diane Hughes (MMCS)
Ian Tregenza (MHPIRS)
Michelle Arrow (second semester MHPIRS)
Mio Bryce (International Studies)
Martina Mollering (International Studies)
Pauline Manley (MMCS)
Sherman Young (MMCS)
Nicole Matthews (MMCS)
Sarah Keith (MMCS)
Susan Page (Warawara)
Usha Harris (MMCS)
Justine Lloyd (Sociology)
Lisa Wynn (Anthropology)
Victoria Flanagan (English)
Vijana Nagarajan (Law)
Penelope Watson (Law)
Ian Plant (Ancient History)
• Tuning Structures:
– This project, supported by the
European Commission and the
Association of European Universities
has proposed generic and discipline
specific outcomes for Bachelor
degrees (eg history)
– Why these? The number of
universities involved
• Dublin Descriptors:
– Descriptions of outcomes for ‘first
cycle’ (bachelor) and ‘second cycle’
degrees with a greater degree of
detail than the AQF
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Research in the Faculty of Arts
• Associate Dean (Research) – Andrew Buck
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Faculty of Arts Research Strategy
2009 – 2011
University Research Priorities:-
Faculty of Arts Research Goals:-
1. Develop a pervasive research
culture across the University
2. Achieve prominence in selected
concentrations of research
excellence
3. Increase the number of
commencing and completing
high quality HDR candidates
4. Develop international research
collaborations
5. Be a significant contributor to
the nation’s social,
environmental, cultural,
economic and commercial wellbeing
1. Establish and support a pervasive
and inclusive research culture
2. Achieve national and international
prominence in key areas of
research strength
3. Increase the number of
commencing and completing high
quality HDRs candidates
4. Develop international research
collaborations
5. Use our research-strength to
benefit Australia and the
community
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Concentrations of Research Excellence &
University Research Centres
COREs
1. Ancient Cultures
Team
2. Legal Governance
Team
3. Social Inclusion
Team
4. Social, Cultural &
Political Change
Team
University Research Centres
1. MQ Ancient Cultures
Research Centre
2. Centre for Comparative
Law, History & Governance
3. Centre for Research on
Social Inclusion
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Goal 1: Establish and support a pervasive
and inclusive research culture
• Research Fair, including HDRs
• Multidisciplinary project grants
• Cross-disciplinary research seminar series,
encouraging HDR participation
• Early-career researcher workshops
• Research-Teaching nexus grants (with L&T)
• Encourage co-tutelle arrangements
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Faculty of Arts Research Centres
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Agency Norms and Values Research Centre
Australian Centre for Numismatic Studies
Centre for Cultural History
Centre for Media History
Centre for middle East and North African Studies
Centre for the History of Christian Thought and Experience
Centre for the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature
Croatian Studies Centre
Innovative Universities European Union Centre
Macquarie Japanese Studies Centre
Rotary International Russian Resources Centre
Somatechnics Research Centre
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