UWS Inaugural Lecture by Prof Jonathan Powles

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We warmly invite you to join Professor Jonathan Powles, Vice Principal of Teaching, Learning & Students, UWS for his Inaugural Lecture

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Professor Jonathan Powles, Vice Principal of Teaching, Learning & Students at the University of the West of Scotland will virtually deliver his UWS Inaugural Lecture to guests and colleagues on Tuesday 27 April 2021 from 9.30am - 10.30am (BST). In his Lecture - which will be an online interactive session - Professor Powles will be exploring the topic of:

ONLY CONNECT - Reflections on the role of the university in the "post-truth" era, with specific reference to music, astronomy, education, wombats, hurcheons and motorcycles.

Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die. - E.M. Forster, Howards End (1910)

For a thousand years, the role of the university has been to connect. The notion of connection is embedded in the word “university”, from the Latin universitas magistrorum et scholarium - "single community of teachers and learners".

And for a thousand years the idea of university has continued to reinvent itself around this idea of connection, responding to new discoveries, cultures, contexts, societal shifts and technologies to find new ways to connect teachers with learners; arts with sciences; theory with practice.

This Lecture draws on perspectives ranging from astronomy, music, education, biology, and motorcycle maintenance, and argues that today, in a post-pandemic, “post-truth”, digitally mediated world, the mission of universities to only connect” is more important than ever.

Professor Jonathan Powles joined the University of the West of Scotland in August 2020 and is Vice-Principal of Learning, Teaching & Students. An Australian, Jonathan has had an academic career in both Australia and the UK with a focus on academic innovation, learning and teaching. He joined UWS from the University of New England in Australia where he had held the post of Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic Innovation since 2017.

In that role Jonathan had responsibility for strategic programmes for academic innovation, transformation and student success. He led several institution-wide programmes and services in a wide range of teaching, student and technology-centred areas, including revising the portfolio of programmes across UNE; curriculum design and innovation; academic development; learner analytics; learning technology refreshment; online and face-to-face mentoring and personal tutoring for students; and the provision of relevant and up-to-date services and support for students including academic skills, registry, careers, counselling, library services and student orientation.

Prior to his Pro Vice-Chancellor role, Jonathan fulfilled a number of senior roles related to learning and teaching, as Director of Teaching and Learning at the University of Canberra (2013-2017); Director of Education within the School of Music at the Australian National University; Director of Educational Development within the College of Law at ANU; Associate Director (academic) within the Office of the Vice-Chancellor at ANU; and Head of the Department of Musicology in the School of Music at ANU.

Jonathan worked in the UK between 1993 and 2000 as a lecturer in Music at Liverpool Hope University. As a musician, he is a composer, conductor and lecturer in music history and theory. He conducted the Liverpool Hope orchestra from 1993-1999 and the ANU choral society from 2002-2012.

Alongside his professional and academic track record, Jonathan is a keen amateur astronomer - and his work in spectroscopy and variable star photometry has seen him making contributions to pro-am observing campaigns and research. He is also an author on several published and submitted papers in astronomy and astrophysics.

To Join Us: This virtual UWS Inaugural Lecture by Professor Powles will take place on Zoom. If you wish to attend on Tuesday 27 April at 9.30am BST, please register your place via Eventbrite. The Zoom access link for the live session will be shared with registered delegates by e-mail in advance of the event.

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UWS, one of Scotland’s largest modern universities, aims to have a transformational influence on the economic, social and cultural development of the West of Scotland, and beyond, by providing relevant, high quality, inclusive higher education and innovative and useful research. We aim to make the communities we serve more successful and to create opportunities for all to participate. With four campuses across the west and south-west of Scotland: Paisley, Lanarkshire, Ayr and Dumfries and a campus inthe heart of London, UWS has a distinctive and important regional role. UWS is also an international university with some 3500 international students drawn from 1/3 of the globe and over 140 international partners.

We offer a wide range of academic, social and sporting facilities and deliver a range of Bachelor courses, taught Postgraduate Diplomas & Masters courses and research degrees.

The University has 4 academic schools which deliver a range of career-focused and professionally recognised study opportunities:

  • School of Business & Creative Industries
  • School of Education & Social Sciences
  • School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences
  • School of Health & Life Sciences

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