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Leading the University Masterclass

We are currently taking expressions of interest for 2017. Please contact the Program Officer, or complete the online form to register your interest.

This masterclass provides an opportunity to learn about the workings of government; the development of policy and decisions that affect higher education; and how senior university leaders can both interact with government and influence policy and decision-making.


Learning from those in the field

Participants will interact with a range of senior government officials and university leaders and representatives during the program to gain first hand understanding of the processes of government and its most senior decision-makers.

Exposure to key governmental departments

Participants will be exposed to several departments whose policy affect universities, including Treasury and Finance, Innovation and Industry and Health. Among other things, representatives will provide participants with insights on the complexities of the budget process.

Site visit to the Department of Education

Participants will have the opportunity to visit the Department of Education to meet with key figures and discuss current policy issues directly.

Chatham House Rule

To ensure that the experience is directly relevant for participants, Chatham House conditions will be applied to allow for open and confidential discussions with the speakers.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion, participants will:

  • Better understand how government works
  • Be able to identify the key factors and players that influence and contribute to policy development and decision making
  • Improve their ability in influencing government and policy decisions
  • Enhance their institution's capacity in government relations.

Dates and venue


Speakers and presenters

This masterclass will be facilitated by experienced university leaders and executives as well as practitioners in the sector. The guest speakers listed below are provisional and subject to confirmation.

  • Ms Lisa Paul AO PSM, Recently retired Chief Executive, Department of Education and Training.
  • Mr David Hazlehurst, Acting Deputy Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
  • Ms Lin Martin, Commissioner, TEQSA.
  • Dr Simon Eassom, Global Manager of Education Solutions, IBM Smarter Cities.
  • Ms Jane Urquhart, Head of Division Science & Commercialisation Policy Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
  • Mr Mark Warburton, Public Policy Research and Consultancy Services; formerly Commonwealth Department of Education.
  • Mr Darren Brown, Senior Adviser on Higher Education to the Federal Minister for Education.
  • Mr Michael Gallagher, Former Executive Director of Go8 and Head of the Higher Education Division of the Department of Education
  • Ms Jane Halton AO PSM, Secretary, Department of Finance
  • Professor Ian Chubb AC, Former Chief Scientist of Australia
  • Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Member for Fraser, ACT and former Professor of Economics, Australian National University
  • Mr Robert Griew, Principal, Nous Group
  • Professor Sandra Harding, Vice Chancellor and President, James cook University
  • Dr James Hart, Group Manager, Higher Education Group, Australian Government Department of Education and Training
  • Ms Vicki Thomson, Chief Executive Officer, Go8
  • Ms Belinda Robinson, Chief Executive, Universities Australia
  • Ms Julie Hare, Higher Education Editor, The Australian
  • Mr Tim Dodd, Higher Education Editor, The Australian Financial Review

This masterclass will be faciliated by:

  • Professor Vin Massaro, Professorial Fellow, LH Martin Institute.
  • Professor Leo Goedegebuure, Director, LH Martin Institute.

Who should attend

Senior university executives in roles such as or equivalent to:

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor
  • Dean
  • Vice-Principal
  • Chief Operating Officer.


The program fee is A$6,000.

This fee includes up to six nights' accommodation and airport transfers in Canberra, all meals during the masterclass and program materials. Participants are required to make their own travel arrangements (including insurances) to and from Canberra.


Please register your interest for 2017 by clicking the link here.

Contacts for more information

For further queries about this masterclass please contact:

Melissa Hendicott
Program Officer, LH Martin Institute
University of Melbourne
+61 3 9035 6429

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