The 2019 Academic Development Symposium was another exciting day that brought together educationalists (including academic developers and academics) from around Aotearoa New Zealand.



Read the report (PDF) from the 2019 Symposium, which provides a summary of the event.

Previous reports


Read the report (PDF) from the 2018 Symposium


Read the report (PDF) from the 2017 Symposium

Date and location

The Symposium was held on Thursday, October 31, 2019, at Rutherford House MZ 03, Pipitea Campus, Victoria University of Wellington.


Holistic academic development

Free event

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


  • 09:00 – 09:30: Coffee and tea
  • 09:30 – 09:45: Mihi
  • 09:45 – 10.45: Updates from around ngā motu. A Pecha Kucha and question & answer session from all seven universities to set the scene.
  • 10.45 – 11:15: Resource sharing expo and morning tea
  • 11:15 – 12:30: What do we mean by holistic academic development? A short presentation from Kathryn Sutherland and Joanna Cobley, followed by a plenary discussion
  • 12:30 – 13:30: Lunch
  • 13:30 – 15:15: World Café: World café session on key issues, including: Developing the whole-academic (teaching, research, service); working with the whole-institution; supporting the whole-person (whole-career, health, well-being); design for learning (or learning design for academic development); and Māori academic development in the next decade.
  • 15:00 – 15:15: Afternoon tea
  • 15:15 – 16:30: Developing a research agenda around [holistic] academic development: A discussion of national/collaborative possibilities and funding opportunities.
  • Drinks and nibbles at Vic Books Pipitea Café (sponsored by HERDSA)


Sincere thanks go to the sponsor of the 2019 Symposium:


Sincere thanks also go to our host:


Organising committee

Erik Brogt, University of Canterbury
Kathryn Sutherland, Victoria University of Wellington
Joanna Cobley, University of Canterbury
Lizzie Towl, Victoria University of Wellington


If you have any questions, please contact Erik Brogt.