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HERDSA conference, 2 to 5 July 2019, Auckland New Zealand

Next Generation, Higher Education:
Challenges, Changes and Opportunities


The conference planning committee invite you to join us for the 42nd annual conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), to be held 2-5 July 2019 (with pre-conference workshops on 2 July) at the Science Centre, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

The theme for the conference is Next Generation, Higher Education: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities.

In the last decade, Higher Education has undergone dramatic changes with internationalisation bringing a broader range of students to tertiary institutions, while requiring researchers to focus on priorities set by government. The sector continues to grapple with restrained budgets, increased student numbers, greater student diversity and government agendas requiring preparation of students for work and lifelong learning. In addition, the research environment has become more complex with funding opportunities becoming more competitive but not as plentiful.

As we enter a new decade, there will be new challenges and changes along with opportunities for the next generation in Higher Education. Within this context we have identified areas and points of interest relevant to the conference theme as captured within our sub-themes. The points beneath these sub-themes are intended to help guide thinking and potential areas of interest for research. You are however, encouraged to interpret the themes as it best suits your own institutional or national context.

Read more about the sub themes here ...

Sub Themes

Challenges, changes, and opportunities for Next Generation, Higher Education ….


  1. Students:
  • Learning
  • Well-being and success
  • Technology
  • First in the family
  • Working in partnership
  • Global learning
  • Future graduates
  • Places and spaces
  1. Academics:
  • Academic environments
  • Academic development
  • Leadership
  • Supporting early career academics
  • Social justice
  • Changing academic practice
  • Agile learning
  • Work and identity
  1. Tertiary institutions:
  • Technologies
  • Leadership
  • New developments
  • Governance and management
  • Access to education
  • Sustainability
  • Collaboration
  • Internationalisation

There are many diverse and wide-ranging perspectives from which to approach the notion of Next Generation, Higher Education. We welcome contributions that reflect the diversity of participants in higher education including private and non-university higher education providers, the vocational education and training sector, educators, researchers and students, administrators and policy makers, government, community and industry partners, and our culturally diverse communities. We also welcome international delegates who can provide insights that can shape the future of higher education from other contexts and cultures.

New to the HERDSA 2019 Conference is the introduction of our new presentation formats. There will no longer be peer-reviewed papers. Instead we have the following range of presentation formats:

  • Pre-conference workshops
  • Posters
  • Showcases
  • Symposiums
  • Mini-workshops
  • Round table

The conference will be held at the University of Auckland Science Centre. If you are visiting Auckland for the first time, you will find the conference venue located in the central business district. A short walk will take you to Britomart to eat, drink and socialise. A 10 minute bus trip to Newmarket and Parnell for great places to shop or Ponsonby Road for wonderful cafes and restaurants. For the adventurous, the Sky Tower offers bungy jumping. If you have more time, a 35 minute ferry will take you to Waiheke Island to visit wineries and beautiful beaches.

We look forward to meeting you at HERDSA 2019, to share ideas and network with colleagues, forge new collaborations and gain new insights into higher education as well as to enjoy the many attractions that Auckland and its surrounds have to offer.

Dr Barbara Kensington-Miller and Dr Julia Hallas

Dr Barbara Kensington-Miller

Dr Barbara Kensington-Miller


Dr Julia Hallas

Dr Julia Hallas


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