University College Forum
University College Forum - 80 Years of Change: Women, Men and Education

University College Forum – 80 Years of Change: Women, Men and Education

25 Aug 2017 - 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Head of College, Dr Jennifer McDonald will host the annual College Forum on Friday 25 August from 9.30am in the Leitch Academic Centre. The Forum will be followed by a light lunch in the Syme Dining Hall.

The Forum will be Chaired by Dr Don Edgar OAM and will consist of two panels:

Panel One: Women and Educational Change
Lesley Falloon OAM – UWC 1938 – biochemistry and microbiology. Institute of Anatomy in Canberra, then a lifetime of community service, including Mayor of Sandringham and College Council.
Dr Miriam Dixson – UWC 1948-52 – early childhood and women’s history; author of The Real Matilda and On National Identity: the Imaginary Australian. Fullbright Scholar and member of the Commission for the Future.
Dr Patricia Edgar AM – UWC 1954-58 – arts and education, MA in Communication, PhD in sociology. Foundation Director of Australian Children’s Television Foundation, Chair of World Summit on Media for Children Foundation. Author of ten books, including PEAK: Reinventing middle age.
Winsome McCaughey AO – UWC 1961-64 – philosophy and literature, ethics and political science. Founder of the Community Child Care Association, Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne, CEO of Greening Australia and other organizations. Currently runs Seven Sisters Vineyard, producing Baddaginnie Run fine wines.
Jane Peck – UWC 1969-70 – a member of College Council since 2014, completed an Arts degree with majors in Psychology and Japanese, leading to advisory work on English communication with Rinnai Corporation in Japan and Melbourne, and a career in Marketing.

Panel Two: Innovations in Education
Associate Professor Helen Gaze – UWC 1971 – equality and discrimination law. Member of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, the Discrimination Law Experts Group (Australia) and the Socio-Legal Studies Association (UK).
Daryl Williams QC – UC 1983 – corporate and commercial law. Board of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Chair of Anglican Professional Standards Committee.
Dr Mikala Tai – UC 2002-3 – art history, creative arts, cinema and theatre studies, with a PhD in contemporary Chinese art. Director at the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, member of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival Advisory Panel, Editorial Advisor for UnMagazine and other projects, with a focus on scaffolding career pathways from study to industry and in online modes of learning.
Finbar Piper – UC 2013 – TESOL program, plus politics, international studies and Juris Doctor. Director of Political Engagement at Oaktree Foundation, empowering young people in grassroots activism; has worked with education programs in Cambodia and the Asia-Pacific.
Ella Thomas – UC 2016- 17 – politics and criminology, currently Vice President of the Student Club body. She is a member of the Starlight Children’s Foundation volunteering program.

To register or for more information, please contact the Advancement Office at or +61 3 9349 9112.

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