Professor Warren Bebbington

Welcome to my blog: I look forward to hearing from you and reading your comments about our University. I hope this becomes a great melting pot for intellectual ideas, views and debate and I welcome all of your contributions.

royal-show-250I attended the Royal Adelaide Show this morning to see first-hand some of our agricultural, animal science and Vet staff and students at work.

I am delighted to see how vibrant and active the agricultural industries still are at the Adelaide Show. In so many cities where the shows began as an agricultural and horticultural exhibitions, the core events have increasingly been overtaken by sideshow alley. But at Wayville, while there is still the fun of rides and showbags, the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of South Australia has done a great job of preserving the heritage and original purpose of the show.

I chatted with our sixth-year veterinary students who provide round the clock vet services to the livestock exhibitors, tending to sick cows and goats, and honing their clinical skills. I saw the enthusiasm of our Roseworthy students involved in the led steer competition, gaining skills in showmanship, ring-craft, animal judging and meat production. And our Pig club, where students show their own pigs, but also help take care of all the pigs at the show, cleaning the stalls of or all producers, and making important connections with others involved in the industry.

The knowledge of our grains experts is on show in the Grains Pavilion, with PhD students talking to young people about healthy soils and helping them plant terrariums, as well as talking to prospective students about studying at our Waite campus.

When I see all the activities of the exhibitors, particularly our energetic and enthusiastic staff and students, I’m reassured that the future of our rural industries is in safe hands.

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VCandJye600I welcomed a special guest to campus on Open Day. Jye Woods is trying to set a world record for his lanyard collections, so I was happy to add to that collection when he visited our campus.

Jye has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and as a father of a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome and patron of the South Australian Autism Association, I was pleased the University could make it a memorable day for Jye. He and his family were given VIP treatment, and received an exclusive tour of some of our Engineering facilities.

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It was great to join a big team of University staff on the Walk a Mile in My Boots walk on August 5th. It’s a fantastic event and I was delighted to see about 70 members of the University community braving the cold weather with me. Together, we raised just over $1000, which will go towards supporting Hutt Street Centre programs, to help the 6000 South Australians facing homelessness.

You can see more photos of the University team in their red beanies on the University’s Alumni Facebook page.
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We have signed an MOU with the Australian student accommodation provider, Urbanest, to deliver a new 689 bed student accommodation tower on North Terrace, directly across from our campus. Construction has now begun, and we expect it to be occupied from 2018. The State Government has been pressing for universities to provide more accommodation for […]

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A world of higher learning and opportunities can be found on university campuses; but disadvantaged students often must see it to desire it. When I was 11 years old, I went with a church boys’ club to visit Melbourne University. We raced around the campus, past imposing scientific laboratories and through the historic cloisters. We […]

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After 18 months of heated debate, bold reform of Australia’s higher education funding was deferred until at least 2018 in the nation’s federal budget last week while public consultation takes place. Thus, the pace of policy reform has come near full circle for the Liberal coalition government, elected in 2013 proclaiming there would be no […]

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Combining our various arts and music schools and departments into a single multi-arts academy could mean SA would “lead the nation in creative industries education,” Douglas Gautier told a CEDA arts conference last week. If only achieving national leadership in arts education were that simple. Would the Australian Ballet School produce better dancers if it […]

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I spoke with Stephen Matchett from Campus Morning Mail and ABC yesterday re the value of ATARs. Contrary to some others, I believe that the ATAR is still a very important indicator to measure a student’s readiness for higher education. You can read more of my comments here also listen to my interview with Ali […]

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Sunday was glorious weather for the annual City to Bay Fun Run, and it was a pleasure to join over 270 University of Adelaide staff and students who competed – I believe the largest team in the event. Thanks to our sponsors, and also to those from Adelaide University Sport and the Engagement Branch who […]

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From the moment my youngest son entered primary school, it became clear he was different. Though he had no intellectual impairment, he could often not understand the teacher’s verbal instructions, his reading was slow and his speech at times repetitive and halting, he started to suffer high anxiety and became easily agitated. Outside the classroom, […]

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