Professor Warren Bebbington

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Vice-Chancellor Bebbington, author Venerable Michael Whiting and Archbishop Jeffrey Driver in front of a portrait of Dr Augustus Short.

Last month I was pleased to launch a book honouring the vision of our first vice-chancellor:  Augustus Short and the Founding of the University of Adelaide, which was commissioned by the University from Short’s biographer Michael Whiting.

Much has been written about this extraordinary man’s role establishing St Peters College, the St Peter’s Cathedral, and his work as the State’s first Anglican bishop, presiding over a diocese then covering half of Australia.

This book is the first time the forgotten story of his role in creating the University has been told.

You can read more about Dr Short on the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide website.

–wb

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Today it was announced that the University of Adelaide has been awarded the State Government’s contract to provide its public dental service for the next 30 years.

A partnership agreement will see a new 90-chair SA Dental Service clinic constructed as part of the University’s medical and nursing schools building in the SA Health and Biomedical Precinct, set to open in July 2017. Recognising the financial pressures SA Health is under, we will be making a landmark contribution to the State by providing this new clinic at the University’s expense.

We have thoroughly revised our clinical training model to provide year-round care for public patients. We have also indicated we can increase capacity by making dental chairs available after hours or on weekends in the future.

This outcome confirms the State Government values our School of Dentistry, one of the two highest ranked in Australia, and reinforces our position as a national leader in dental education and research.

UPDATE: you can listen to my interview with Angus Randall from Radio Adelaide on the University’s dental partnership with SA Health.

–wb

The team behind the successful Uni of Adelaide dental partnership tender bid L-R: Dr Paul Sambrook, Professor Richard Logan, VC Bebbington, Simon Gierke, Bruce Lines, Professor Kaye Roberts-Thomson, Roger Parolin, Virginia Deegan, Annette Fidge, Professor Alastair Burt

 

 

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It is White Ribbon Day today, a critical campaign seeking to bring to an end any form of violence against women here in Australia and overseas.  In my view, a tolerant and civilised society which respects the rights of the individual has absolutely no place for violence against women, or children.  This morning, 700 people marked the day at the Convention Centre at the annual White Ribbon Day breakfast, including our incoming Chancellor Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce.

As a University community we are leading in some small way by including a special leave provision for those affected by domestic violence in the new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.  It saddens me that we should need to have such a clause, but until we see zero tolerance of this behaviour across the country it is important that we provide support wherever we can.

The responsibility rests with each and every one of us to speak out against domestic violence – at home, at work and in the community.   

–wb

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I was asked  to talk about music for “Four at Four” on Michael Smyth’s show this afternoon, and share four musical works that are special to me.  We played a variety of styles, from Bach to Sinatra, Bogle and Beethoven. You can hear the full interview. –wb    

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You might be interested to hear my interview with Matthew Abraham and David Bevan on the ABC891 Breakfast Program following the announcement of Australia’s new Free Trade Agreement with China: listen to the podcast. Earlier this week I attended a function at Parliament House in Canberra with China’s President, Xi Jinping – it will be [...]

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Vice-Chancellor Bebbington and Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd), 16th Chancellor, University of Adelaide

Welcome to the 16th Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd). I am very much looking forward to working with our new Chancellor―he brings to the table first-hand appreciation of the pivotal juncture between governance and management and his values and focus are clearly aligned to [...]

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A great celebration commemorating 140 years of history at the University of Adelaide on the 6th November (Foundation Day). You might be interested to hear my interview with Michael Smyth on ABC 891 on the legacy of our first Vice-Chancellor, Dr Augustus Short. And also visit the photo gallery from our Short Day Out on [...]

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I was delighted to officially open our new $3 million Graduate Clubrooms on Saturday. The new facility replaces four separate buildings, the newest built way back in the 1950s. When we think of the great achievements in our University’s history, naturally we tend to focus on the research and education that are part and parcel [...]

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I was nominated by one of our students for the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and funds for motor neurone disease – a little bit of fun to support serious research, undertaken here at Adelaide led by Dr Ian Johnson, and worldwide, into a devastating illness which currently has no cure. As part of [...]

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In towns and cities around the world, universities once viewed as costly indulgences are increasingly being recognised as key economic generators—in many places they are now a major local source of population, jobs, and income. In South Australia, the University of Adelaide is an example of this trend: education is the third largest sector of [...]

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