David Lloyd, Vice Chancellor of the University of South Australia joins us this week on the Words With Oz Podcast. An Ireland native, he has made Adelaide his home for a good part of the last decade. With a background in Applied Chemistry and Medicinal Organic Chemistry, as well as being the lead for Research & Innovation on the Board of Universities Australia, David is an academic and an innovator, and his thoughts on education and the necessary interdisciplinary nature of degrees in the future of tertiary education is both enlightening and inspiring.
David’s specific question was:
““It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives, but the species that survives is the one that is best able to adapt an adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.”
In an age where what we are taught today is likely obsolete tomorrow, what importance do you place on an institution that is ‘flexible enough to augment with their learnings along the way’, and how do you instil it in a manner so that those you educate learn not just from what their university tells them but also, how their university acts?”
David opens up about the path that led him being VC at Uni SA, his time on the South Australian Economic Development Board, what he agrees with and disagrees with when it comes to tertiary education, as well as plenty of practical advice for those of us looking to innovate and inspire.
Enjoy the Show.
00.00 : 02.21 – Introduction and Adverts
02.22 : 03.19 – WWO Intro
03.20 : 07.47 – Ireland to Adelaide
07.48 : 13.19 – Desire to be a Scientist
13.20 : 21.28 – The evolution of a VC
21.29 : 27.02 – Practical Academics
27.03 : 35.02 – Passion path or Security
35.03 : 37.24 – Making Decisions
37.25 : 47.41 – Teaching for Innovation
47.42 : 50.04 – General or Specific
50.05 : 58.50 – Competitive Collaboration
58.51 : 1.01.02 – Challenge of progress
1.01.03 : 1.03.15 – School Morning Mantra
1.03.16 : 1.05.52 – Oz’ Take Aways
1.05.53 : 1.06.53 – David’s Ambition
1.06.54 : 1.07.53 – Thank You and Wrap Up.