The 2018 Academic Development Symposium was held on October 25, at Victoria University of Wellington’s Kelburn Campus.

Building on last year’s success, the 2018 Symposium brought together educationalists (including academic developers and academics) from around Aotearoa New Zealand.


Click here to read the report (PDF) from the Symposium.

Free event

Thanks to sponsorship from Ako Aotearoa and HERDSA New Zealand, the Symposium was free to attend.


The theme of this year’s symposium was: “Connecting and staying connected”.


  • 09:00 – 09:30: Coffee and tea (provided)
  • 09:30 – 09:45: Mihi and welcome
  • 09:45 – 11:00: Initial connections: A Pechakucha session from all eight universities to set the scene
  • 11:00 – 11:30: Ongoing connections: The Academic Development Expo will provide you with a chance to gather new ideas from the different universities (including morning tea, provided)
  • 11:30 – 12:30: Connecting with the Treaty in Academic Development: The centrepiece of our day: an invited panel of senior Māori leaders addressing a vital issue for higher education in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • 12:30 – 13:15: Lunch (provided)
  • 13:15 – 13:30: Connecting with research: Profiling ground-breaking new academic development-related research in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • 13:30 – 15:00: Connecting with new ideas: World café on key issues, including: connecting with theory and practice, connecting with students, connecting internally and externally, connecting with strategic directions nationwide, and connecting with new staff
  • 15:00 – 15:15: Afternoon tea (provided)
  • 15:15 – 15:45: Connecting with our future: What’s ahead on the academic development horizon?
  • 15:45 – 16:00: Close
  • Drinks at Milk and Honey Café (optional, and at participants’ own expense)


The Symposium took place in the Murphy Building, Room 632, on Victoria University of Wellington’s Kelburn Campus.


Sincere thanks go to the event sponsors:



Sincere thanks also go to our host:


Organising committee

Erik Brogt, University of Canterbury
Kathryn Sutherland, Victoria University of Wellington
Luk Swiatek, Massey University


If you have any questions, please contact Luk Swiatek.