DSC Executive Profile – Judy McGannon

Judy McGannon recently accepted an appointment as Director Planning and Resources in the College Office for a 5-year term, 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2020.  Judy joined the College in May 2013 on secondment from the Academic Portfolio where she was the Deputy Director Planning and Projects in the Academic Registrar’s Group, and prior to that Director of Planning and Resources in the Academic and Students Portfolios.

Judy has an MBA from Swinburne University, a Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics) from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Education and Bachelor of Arts from Monash University.

Following her early career as a secondary school teacher and then lecturer in language teacher education at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and VU, Judy moved into educational administration.  She spent close to 10 years at the Centre for Adult Education (CAE) which culminated in the position of Director of Education Programs where she had oversight of short courses and vocational education programs. Experience gained at CAE in the negotiation of funding agreements with the Victorian Government and development of curriculum in response to learner feedback and market demand stand her in good stead for the role in DSC.

Judy leads teams in the DSC College Office responsible for business and strategic planning; student profile development and portfolio analysis; marketing and web services; facilities and OHS and secretariat support to college committees.  In addition, the position ensures integration and alignment of IT, HR, Property and Financial Services to support the College’s academic priorities.

DSC Executive Profile – Professor Ralph Horne

Ralph Horne (BSc (Hons), MSc Salford (UK), PhD SHU (UK)) is the Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation (DPVC R&I) for the College of Design and Social Context and the Director of the Global Compact Cities Programme (the urban arm of the United Nations Global Compact).

As DPVC R&I, he supports research performance through the development of new and existing research Groups and Centres, mentoring future research leaders, and providing strategic leadership in support of research activity across the College. In his Directorship role with the Cities Programme, Ralph is responsible for strategy and engagement, development of the programme, governance, business planning, academic engagement, staff, resources and reporting.

Ralph enjoys a wide network of industry partnerships. He has led over 100 urban research projects, collaborating with researchers, cities, governments, and commercial organisations across all continents and including specifically studies of housing and development in Europe, Australasia, SE Asia and Latin America.

Ralph’s expertise is in urban social and policy change for sustainable design and development. He has extensive experience of environmental techniques and sustainability appraisal and has a specific research interest in urban transitions, including socio-technical relations in the context of climate change and resource scarcity. He combines research leadership and participation in research projects concerning the environmental, social and policy context of production and consumption in the urban environment.

He held the positions of Director, Green Building Council of Australia from 2010-13 and Council Member, Built Environment Industry Innovation Council, Commonwealth Government, Australia from 2008-12.

Practice Makes Perfect

So good to see such a lot of student work on show in the last few weeks. DSC programs excel in practice-based learning, and that was clear to see when I wandered into Building 9 where Marius Foley and colleagues were assessing long tables of design work produced as part of their studios last semester.

I was out at student events most nights last week, as well as a well-attended inaugural professorial lecture by Robyn Goodman from GUSS, which was both authoritative and provocative.

The pictures show the Architecture and Urban Design prize-winner presentations in the Design Hub on Thursday, with Leon and Vivian at the controls; the other shows new Head of School Julian Goddard opening the Masters exhibition of Art in public Spaces in PS50, Orr Street. Both great occasions… and an opportunity to say ‘Welcome Julian!’

Student talk dotted wall

Timetabling – The Caped Crusader

The College is proposing a review of how the University tackles its timetabling; we have three suggestions:

1 – zonal timetable should be a priority; students need an academic base, a home, a strong sense of belonging;
2 – let’s revisit the issue of pre-requisites; the students voice is clear here; check it out on the Shape RMIT site;
3 – let’s seriously revisit the principle that students have a fortnight to change their courses. It causes mayhem in the calendar, a challenge for any timetable. How about we require that all course enrolments close the Friday before the commencement of classes the following week?

Watch this space; these have been proposed before – and found to be unviable – but we need to be ever more finely attuned to the student and staff experience, so let’s see if these pointers about zoning, pre-requisites and course enrolments can find some ‘traction’.