History of University Life Seminar – Wednesday 2 May 2018

History of University Life Seminar – Wednesday 2 May 2018

7 months ago

The Conveners of the Sydney Research Seminar in Higher Education invite alumni, students and staff of the University of Sydney to join them at the May 2018 ‘History of University Life Seminar’.

MAY SEMINAR: Wednesday 2 May 12.00 noon – 1.30 pm (sandwich lunch provided – free of charge)

In the Senior Common Room, St Paul’s College, The University of Sydney

RSVP to Deryck Schreuder by Friday 27 April so we can confirm catering arrangements—seating is limited.  deryck@schreuder.com.au

Prof Stephen Garton, Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Sydney

Prof Garton will discuss: The Future of Higher Education in Australia – Challenges for the 21st Century University


The History of University Life Seminar explores the past, present and future of higher education. The Seminar was established in 2008 as a way to encourage discussion on higher education between members of the Colleges and the University. The sessions are held more or less monthly during term, and are now convened by Emeritus Professor Deryck Schreuder and Associate Professor Julia Horne.

A mainstay is discussion about Australian universities past and present.


Australian universities today function in a very different environment from thirty and more years ago. The current system of higher education strains under Commonwealth policy and funding models, which are often themselves the product of political whim. Community views, too, indicate increasing antipathy to universities and their joint missions for world-class education and research. This discussion will examine some of the challenges facing Australian universities and provide rare insight into university decision-making.

Stephen Garton is Professor of History and Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sydney. He is the author of a number of books, articles and chapters in the field of Australian social and cultural history, as well as work in the area of American history and the history of the British Empire, particularly the Dominions. His most recent book, co-authored with Julia Horne, is Preserving the Past: The University of Sydney and the Unified National System of Higher Education 1987-96, Melbourne University Press, 2017.

Posted 19 Apr 2018