HERDSA Notices 6 July 2016

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* The De Novo ‘16 International Conference 
* Higher Education in the Headlines

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HERDSA Conference Buddies Professional Program

This is the second year of the HERDSA Conference Professional Buddies Program. The aim of the program is to connect those new to HERDSA with experienced HERDSA members. In 2016 24 people who where new to HERDSA were buddied with 9 experienced members. The 33 buddies were a mix of academics, professional staff, and academic developers. Buddies were from a range of Australian, NZ and international institutions and discipline backgrounds and areas of professional service.

Buddies signalled why they wished to be part of the program including the opportunity to maximise networking opporunities, raise their confidence as a new member, and be introduced to the HERDSA culture. Our experienced buddies suggested that their reasons for participating were to give back to the community, and to help others to find their feet. As Chair of the HERDSA Executive New Scholars' Portfolio I wish to warmly thank each of the participants in the program, for being generous with their professional time and spirit.

Deb Clarke


The De Novo ‘16 International Conference 
Social Work and Health: Inclusive Practice, Research and Education
November 23-26, DIST Campus, Kerala India 

James Cook University (Townsville, Australia) and the De Paul Institute of Science and Technology (Kerala, India) are pleased to announce a collaboratively organised conference focusing on Social Work & Health: Inclusive Practice, Research and Education. The conference will be held at the DIST campus in beautiful Kerala, providing a unique opportunity to meet with fellow social work academics, practitioners, researchers and students and enjoy the amazing scenery and culture of this part of India. 

If you are interested in submitting a paper, please e-mail your abstract (max 300 words) along with author biographical information to peter.jones1@jcu.edu.au by July 30. 

Full details on the conference, including themes, call for abstracts, registration etc., can be found on the conference website:

For all inquiries relating to the conference, please contact peter.jones1@jcu.edu.au or danielle.sinclair@my.jcu.edu.au 


Higher Education in the Headlines

Regional unit attract just 5% of overseas students | Julie Hare | Australian Higher Eduction | 6 July, 2016
Just five per cent of international students were enrolled on regional campuses in 2015, with 30 per cent of those enrolled at Newcastle and Wollongong

Is there a problem with academic integrity? | Joanna Williams | Times Higher Eduction | 30 June, 2016
A survey suggests research misconduct in the UK is higher than previously feared. Joanna Williams and five other academics ponder the results