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Campus News : March 2010
1300 367 869 www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News April 2010 5 The University of Wollongong's new Dean of Commerce Professor Trevor Spedding says he was attracted to UOW in 2005 by its "buzz, ambition and drive". Now, having recently taken over as head of UOW's largest Faculty which accounts for around a quarter of student numbers, he is excited by the prospect of harnessing that ambition to build on what he describes as "the really strong foundations at the Faculty of Commerce". An academic with a truly international background, Professor Spedding joined UOW from the University of Greenwich in Kent, England, having spent most of the 1990s at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. A management specialist, particularly in the engineering and manufacturing sectors, Professor Spedding has also worked as a consultant and conducted short courses for leading companies in Britain, Europe, the United States and Singapore. He was head of the School of Management and Marketing in the Commerce Faculty before assuming the top job at the end of 2009. "I prefer to work at universities that are going places, rather than one that (thinks it) is there already," Professor Spedding said. "I was really attracted to Wollongong because it is a young university with a big ambition. "The exciting thing about Wollongong is that it gets behind an idea and makes it happen. You can't always do that in older, more established universities. "It's also a really good size -- big enough to have excellent infrastructure and a true university atmosphere, but small enough for really caring relationships with its staff and students. It also has a good balance between teaching and research." Professor Spedding said he had inherited a Faculty in excellent shape. The new Bachelor of Commerce degree introduced this year, which is the only one in Australia with a focus on socially innovative commerce (incorporating the principles of sound governance, corporate responsibility, ethical decision-making and environmental sustainability), has proven extremely popular. "The new degree has been really well received. People obviously like the idea of a degree that is strongly-discipline- based, but with a theme of responsibility throughout. Enrolments are up by 8% bucking a national trend that saw a decline in enrolments in Commerce degrees across Australia." Indigenous rugby league stars from the St George Illawarra Dragons proved a real hit with children participating in the Faculty of Commerce's Indigenous Kids Fun Day in January. The children swarmed over Dragons' players Jamie Soward and Michael Lett and the recently retired Wendell Sailor when they arrived at URAC's Sports Hub. UOW has a strategic partnership with the Dragons covering a wide range of activities. The children were participating in sporting and creative art activities culminating in the painting of a mural designed by local Aboriginal artists to be hung in the Faculty of Commerce building. The day was part of a Community Engagement Grant awarded to the Faculty to develop a short film Acknowledging Dharawal Country, which was shown to the campus community in February. BG Executive Dean (Business) Professor John Glynn (left) and Faculty of Commerce Dean Professor Trevor Spedding share a coffee and a chat. He believes another of the strengths of UOW's Bachelor of Commerce program is that first year students get a chance to experience all disciplines, before deciding on their subject majors in second year. UOW has created a 'Business Precinct' with the Sydney Business School (SBS) and the Faculty of Commerce. Professor Spedding is working closely with SBS Dean Professor John Glynn, who became the University's first Executive Dean (Business) in January, on the Faculty's strategy and direction. "The Business School and Commerce complement each other very well, and we are working together on the bigger picture areas domestically and internationally, as well as collaborating on everything from undergraduate degrees and short courses to Masters degrees, research and commercial development," Professor Spedding said. NH Commerce Dean builds on strength Dragons stars Wendell Sailor (centre), Jamie Soward (left) and Michael Lett with Faculty of Commerce Dean Professor Trevor Spedding and children at the Indigenous Kids Fun Day. Business to boom at Innovation Campus UOW's Sydney Business School (SBS) relocated to its new headquarters at the Innovation Campus in February in a move that Executive Dean (Business) Professor John Glynn said would dramatically increase the graduate school's ability to service the region's business community. Professor Glynn said the $20 million building's facilities and accessibility on the Innovation Campus would make it much easier for SBS to run executive programs and short courses in addition to its postgraduate business degree and certificate courses. "Having such a well-appointed facility of international standard gives us a much greater ability to interface with the local and regional business community. It gives us the space and flexibility to diversify into more short courses," Professor Glynn said. "We're building strategic alliances with organisations like the Australian Institute of Company Directors to offer short courses that will be of value and interest to the business community." When fully complete, the new building will also accommodate the Wollongong Digital Media Centre -- a joint initiative between UOW and TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute. Those facilities are still being completed in the building, which has been built with the support of the NSW Government, which contributed $4.8 million in funding. The SBS section of the building has three dedicated teaching areas, an IT laboratory, a resource centre, research facilities and purpose- designed study areas to cater for the school's 500 full and part-time students. It also has offices to accommodate around 35 academic and administrative staff. SBS also has a facility in Liverpool St in Sydney's CBD as well as offering courses at the University of Wollongong in Dubai and UOW's campuses at southern Sydney (Loftus), Shoalhaven (West Nowra), Batemans Bay, Bega and Moss Vale. NH Dragons stars a hit with the kids