A workshop from the 2015 Sydney conference, hosted by Tim Payne, Director, Higher Education Policy and ProjectsOffice of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, The University of Sydney.

The workshop was entitled ‘House of Cards: Getting the Politicians on Your Side’. 

Tim Payne led a workshop on successful policy advocacy, drawing on lessons from Australia, including the current debate over fee deregulation. His objective was to share insights about how to strengthen institutional reputation through coordination of key university external relations functions, leading to getting the politicians on side.

His session covered the following areas:

1. The importance to reputation of gov. relations & policy
2. Top issues facing Australia & higher education
3. University of Sydney’s current approach
4. Future directions
5. Questions, sharing of experiences & perspectives

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2015 Sydney Conference Presentation: House of Cards: getting the politicians on your side

Tim Payne is Director of Higher Education Policy and Projects in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

He is an expert on Australia’s higher education policy, and an experienced project lead for the establishment of strategic multi-disciplinary and cross-industry initiatives.

Tim covered some of the key issues facing Australia (in 2015) including:

  • Demographics change
  • Future industries and jobs
  • Environment & climate
  • Cost of living pressures
  • Maintaining social cohesion
  • Political disengagement

…as well as some of the top issues facing Australian higher Education during the same period:

  • Quality at mass
  • Graduates for future
  • Career pathways for PhDs
  • International education
  • Rankings
  • Regulatory burdens
  • Equity
  • Full cost of T&R

If you want to find out more about attending this year’s conference please visit our conference page or get in touch via email.