Sustainability Development Goals and higher education (April 27, 2023)

Key details

  • Thursday, April 27, 2023
  • 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. (AEST)
  • Free
  • Online (Zoom)
  • Prof. Anna Reid

Event description

The United Nations has articulated 17 Sustainable Development Goals. My own pedagogical and research interest commenced some while ago when the UN previously declared the ‘Decade of Sustainability’. SDGs have now become a critical point of action for us all. But understanding what to do as educators is problematic. My own field of music can seem rather remote from the aim of zero poverty, but perhaps closer to the aim of good health and well-being or quality education.

In this webinar, we will look at how we can embrace these goals as a focus for learning within our curriculum, look at some definitions and what that means for action, and hear some examples from the field of music.

Recording information

Please note: the event will be recorded and made available later as a video on the HERDSA NSW Branch website. Attendees are asked to bear this in mind, especially if/when engaging with the presenters or other attendees during the event.


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Professor Anna Reid ↗ is the Dean of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Prior university experience was in academic development (teaching, leadership and research) at Macquarie University and UTS. Her practical and research interests in social equity and professional preparation have led to the creation of internship and equity programs, curriculum reform, all with a focus on creativity, sustainability, and ethics.

Professor Reid has established an international reputation for her research and collegial approach to learning and teaching development, supported by her publications, international collaborations with scholars, contributions to the academic community through reviews of others’ scholarly work, and the experience of colleagues who have taken part in her programs.

Her academic approach is underpinned by a strong research base in higher education theory and practice, which informs her interactions with academic staff and allows her to: develop reflective and flexible teaching practices; construct curriculum and units that enable students to prepare well for a changing world; build a scholarly approach to the evaluation of teaching; enhance her and her colleagues’ research capacity; develop quality research programs in various academic departments; and identify, implement and evaluate strategic policy for higher degree research.

Professor Reid is also a cellist and viola da gamba player.