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48 Engineers Australia | June 2014
Andrew Vann FIEAust
Vice-Chancellor and President, Charles Sturt
Civil engineer, Trent Polytechnic (now Nottingham
Trent University), UK Prof Andrew Vann is vice-
chancellor and president
of Charles Sturt University
(CSU), a role which sees
him responsible for 39,000
students, the equivalent of
2200 full time sta and an
annual turnover of $440
million. is year Vann has
been appointed to the NSW
TAFE Commission Board.
He explained that during
the last year he has been busy
re ning CSU s strategy and
in an "increasingly competitive, turbulent and uncertain
higher education sector".
"However, we have also released the plans for our new
Port Macquarie campus buildings which we expect to be a
signi cant growth region for the university," Vann said.
He expressed great pride in CSU s introduction of a
Graduate Certi cate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and
Heritage, a one and a half year distance education program
consisting of four subjects.
Vann said there is no secret to getting the best out of
people and organisations.
"First, make sure you re in the right line of business -- if
you don t care deeply about what you re doing it s pretty
di cult to really succeed," he said. "Second, gumption, a
term we have in our mission statement at CSU -- be willing
to meet the world as it is, not as you wish it were. ird,
perspective -- remember your concerns are not necessarily
the most important thing for other people."
Graham Davies FIEAust
Chair, Group of Eight Deans of Engineering
Chemical physicist, University of Wales, UK
As chair of the
Group of Eight
Deans of Engineering
is leading the
development of a
resource for Australia
with deans, associate
deans in education
and research as well
as faculty managers.
ey will work on
joint programs this
year, including topics
like climate change
adaptation and top 10
e group has also instigated awards for early career
researchers in conjunction with the Australian Academy
of Science, the Booker Medal and the Australian Academy
of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). e
awards will be announced later this year.
Davies is also dean of the University of NSW s Faculty
of Engineering, which has 750 sta , 11,000 students and
an annual turnover of $220 million. Over the last year, he
has supervised a new building complex for mechanical
and manufacturing engineering, to be completed in 2015.
He also launched three new programs: space systems,
transport and nuclear engineering.
Recently elected as a fellow of ATSE, Davies said the
way he gets the best from himself and his organisation
is having a clear plan of what needs to be achieved a er
consultation. He said it is important to choose a good
team and trust them to perform and realise their potential.
Lastly, he said, "keep communicating".
Andrew Deeks FIEAust
President, University College Dublin, Ireland
Civil engineer, University of Western Australia
As president of University College
Dublin (UCD), Prof Andrew Deeks is
both CEO and chief academic o cer of
Ireland s largest university, the equivalent
of an Australian vice-chancellor. UCD has
over 30,000 students and more than 3000
academic and support sta .
In the last year, Deeks has restructured
the senior management team of the
university, initiated a strategic planning
process and undertaken review and
consultation visits to UCD s 37 schools and
six research institutes.
For Deeks, getting the most from
himself is about understanding his own
strengths, weaknesses and motivations, and
to then work accordingly.
"I have seen a number of leaders fail over
time through a failure to recognise their
weaknesses. In a similar way, the key to
getting the best from others is to use their
strengths and motivations, and to have
processes and people in place to compensate
for their weaknesses," he said.
Deeks said the key to getting the best from
his organisation is to identify and develop a
strategy that uses the organisation s strengths.
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