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NEW VICE CHANCELLOR FOR NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on March 27, 2019

 

Professor Francis Campbell

 

The University of Notre Dame Australia has announced that Professor Francis Campbell will join the University as Vice Chancellor in January 2020.

Professor Campbell is currently the Vice Chancellor at St Mary’s University, Twickenham in London where he has achieved significant success in the past five years.

He becomes Notre Dame’s fourth Vice Chancellor, succeeding Professor Celia Hammond.

Professor Campbell will bring a wealth of experience to Notre Dame. He will draw on a highly successful term as Vice Chancellor of St Mary’s, a deep understanding of higher education, and a practical knowledge of the value and importance of holistic education.

His extensive tertiary qualifications include an MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania in the USA and an MA in European Integration from the Katholieke Universiteit in Belgium. He has received honorary doctorates from five universities worldwide and an Honorary Fellowship from St Edmund’s College at Cambridge University in the UK.

Apart from academia, Professor Campbell has immense diversity of experience, which includes serving as Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Holy See, and a term as Private Secretary to former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Roel Loopers

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NOTRE DAME GRADUATIONS A RITE OF PASSAGE

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized, universities by freoview on December 12, 2018

 

 

The graduation days at Fremantle’s Notre Dame University are very special I believe.

These are the real rite-of-passage days, where students will make the next big step from studying to entering the work force and starting their chosen profession.

There is always a lot of nervous energy and anticipation at the graduation ceremonies, and of course a sense of relief that one has made it.

Congratulations to the hundreds of students who graduate today and tomorrow at NDA. Enjoy it and celebrate!

Roel Loopers

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EAST FREMANTLE COUNCIL MORALLY ILLITERATE

 

Fremantle Councillors last night expressed their dismay about neighbours East Fremantle pulling out of the library services and stopping their $ 200,000 a year contribution to the Fremantle Library at the end of this financial year.

Councillor Andrew Sullivan, who sits on the joint Library Committee, said the members were gobsmacked when it was announced by the Town of East Fremantle, and when the two East Fremantle members of the committee simply no longer turned up to debate it.

“We were hoping East Fremantle Council would recognise it is morally wrong and change their mind”

Sullivan said it was not relevant how many East Fremantle people used Fremantle, Melville or Cockburn libraries. “In Fremantle we just celebrate that people are using the library and are not counting the numbers of which councils they come from” Sullivan said. “I won’t be as polite to them next time I see East Fremantle Councillors”

Councillors Doug Thompson and Bryn Jones pointed out that the Town of East Fremantle is one of the wealthiest councils in the metropolitan area and would be the only one that would not financially contribute to library services.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton said that after the last failed council amalgamation attempts she believed councils would work closer together, but instead the divide is getting wider. “No one from East Fremantle turned up at the last three Library Committees!”

The CEO confirmed that even if they stopped paying their contribution East Fremantle still could send two representatives to the Library Committee who would be allowed to vote. It would take Fremantle Council to change the local law to change that officially.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said he had the impression that the East Fremantle Mayor wanted to bring the issue back to his Council and reconsider their position.

Roel Loopers

 

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NOTRE DAME NEW DEAN OF EDUCATION

 

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Fremantle Notre Dame university has appointed internationally recognised academic Caroline Mansfield, as the new Dean of the School of Education.

Currently the Acting Dean of the School of Education at Murdoch University, Dr Mansfield will take up her position at Notre Dame in February next year.

Dr Mansfield held a number of senior positions at Murdoch including Associate Dean, Research (School of Education) and Convenor of the Learning Excellence Academy (LEAD).

She earned her PhD in 2002 and before embarking on an academic career, worked for 10 years as a teacher in the Catholic School system in WA.

In 2003, she was awarded the Western Australian Institute of Education Research’s Research Prize for her PhD.

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PHOTOS OF FREO NOTRE DAME UNI OPEN DAY

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on August 19, 2018

 

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Unfortunately I could only spend fifteen minutes at the Open Day of Fremantle’s Notre Dame University as I was busy elsewhere, so here a few quick snaps I took.

The theme of the day was books.

Roel Loopers

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OPEN DAY AT FREO’S GREAT UNIVERSITY

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on August 15, 2018

 

Open Day NDA

 

Another reminder that this coming Sunday August 19 is OPEN DAY at one of WA’s most popular universities Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle.

This is an important day for parents and high school students to talk to NDA staff and lecturers and check out the great campus in the heart of the historic West End of Freo.

There will be entertainment and food stalls that help create an invigorating sense of activity while planning the future.

Roel Loopers

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NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY RATED FIRST

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 17, 2018

 

Fremantle and Broome Notre Dame University campuses have excelled for the third year running in a nationwide survey of students commissioned by the Federal Government.

Findings from the combined results for undergraduate 2016 and 2017 Student Experience Survey (SES), announced yesterday, show Notre Dame achieving outstanding results, placing it first in Western Australia in five of six key indicators – ‘Overall Quality of Educational Experience’, ‘Teaching Quality’, ‘Skills Development’, ‘Learner Engagement’ and ‘Student Support’.

The SES is unique in that it draws feedback from students with the aim of helping students to make informed decisions about future study by enabling them to compare universities across states and disciplines. More than 351,000 students from around Australia responded to the combined 2016 and 2017 SES, including over 4000 students from Notre Dame’s Fremantle, Broome and Sydney Campuses.

Notre Dame also continues to excel nationally, being placed first in Australia for ‘Overall Quality of Educational Experience’ with a 91.1% rating, well above the national average of 79.3%. It is ranked second nationally for ‘Learner Engagement’ with a 78.6% rating, compared to 64.1% nationally, and ‘Skills Development’ at 90.7% compared to the national average of 81%.

Results from the undergraduate Graduate Outcomes Survey, released in January this year, show Notre Dame rated first in WA for ‘Overall Graduate Satisfaction’, ‘Teaching Scale’, ‘Skills Scale’, ‘Full-time Employment’, ‘Overall Employment’ and ‘Median Salary’.

NOTRE DAME VICE CHANCELLOR LEAVING

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on April 12, 2018

 

Prof Celia Hammond

 

The announcement by Fremantle Notre Dame University that Vice Chancellor Professor Celia Hammond will be leaving in 18 months at the end of 2019 comes as a big suprise.

I am a big admirer of the VC who is one of the most delightful and down to earth people one can have the pleasure to meet.

I first saw Celia Hammond at a leaders’ luncheon in the Esplanade Hotel many years ago where she spoke. Her intelligence, charm and self deprecating humour was inspiring and I have been a fan of her ever since.

Not once have I heard anyone say anything bad about the VC.  Lecturers, staff and students at Notre Dame University all have great respect for her and like her, as I do.

Celia Hammond has been at NDA for two decades and wants to move on and spend more time with her family, but she will be greatly missed at NDA and in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

FREO NOTRE DAME STUDENTS ARE BACK!

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on February 20, 2018

 

 

It is a delight to see all the Notre Dame University students back on the streets and in the cafes of the Fremantle West End.

I had a look at the refurbished Prindiville Hall where students can gather, relax and connect in several different sections of the building. They even put an entry in big enough to allow food trucks in for special events.

This Thursday at 4.15 pm the traditional annual student parade with drum band will snake through the Freo city centre, so give them a smile and a wave!

Roel Loopers

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NOTRE DAME STUDENTS BACK IN FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on August 1, 2017

 

 

Life is so much more beautiful when there are young people around, I believe, so I am delighted to see the Fremantle Notre Dame University students back in the West End.

When the students are in Freo the energy changes to a positive focus on the future, and that is so much better than backward looking and complaining.

And the West End cafes are delighted as well to have the students back.

Notre Dame is one of the great universities in Perth and it’s OPEN DAY on August 20, so all you high school students and parents, come and get some info about studying in Freo.

 

Roel Loopers

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