Royal Geographical Society of Queensland Public Lecture

Geography and its relevance to leadership in a regional university – the USC experience
by Professor Greg Hill, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of the Sunshine Coast.

Date:    Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Time:    7.15pm – 9pm
Where: University of the Sunshine Coast
Venue:  Lecture Theatre 2 (K Block)

All universities need to understand their place in the world and how they interact with that place – classic geography! For a regional institution it’s a far more intimate relationship than may be the case for a sandstone institution.  In a typical regional university setting demographic, economic, sociological and cultural characteristics will vary widely across the catchment. If a university is to connect with its communities and aspires to be a transformational force for change, it needs to understand and interact with this geography.  Maps and statistics and an understanding of people/place dynamics are powerful tools when it comes to facilitating an understanding of the relationships between institutions, people and place. And in the hands of a geographer-leader, they’re a powerful planning tool and communication aid. 

Professor Greg Hill has served as the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the Sunshine Coast since 2011 and previously as Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 2005-2010.  As the University’s Chief Executive Officer, Professor Hill has led the development of USC as a growing, comprehensive university that is increasingly research intensive and is becoming the primary engine of capacity building for the region from Brisbane to the Fraser Coast and at sites in Sydney and Melbourne.  Professor Hill is recognised nationally for research, teaching innovation, technology transfer to developing countries, and Indigenous education. His research interests include: remote sensing, wildlife ecology, environmental planning, and education. 

For more details of the seminar or Geography at USC contact:
Associate Professor Jennifer Carter,
Geography Discipline Leader,
School of Social Sciences,
University of the Sunshine Coast,
tel: 5430 1238; 0427 938 245; 
email: jcarter@nullusc.edu.au