What does COVID-19 mean for universities?
'The New Social Contract' is a podcast that examines how the relationship between universities, the state and the public might be reshaped as we live through this global pandemic.
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Episode Zero - The New Social Contract Transcript
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR TAMSON PIETSCH: Welcome to ‘The New Social Contract’, a podcast that examines how the relationship between universities, the state and the public might be reshaped as we live through this global pandemic.
NEWS GRAB: Linda Mottram, Journalist on PM ‘Fears Australian universities could collapse in wake of COVID-19’ “Universities were among the first big organizations in Australia to take a massive hit from the pandemic when lucrative international students were banned from returning to this country”.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR TAMSON PIETSCH: Universities have existed for close to a thousand years and across the centuries they have been places for making sense of the world and for shaping it. But it would be a mistake to see universities as static and unchanging.
Under the pressures of war, political rupture and social and economic demands, they have often been remade. So, is this what we’re experiencing now, as COVID-19 rips through our lives?
NEWS GRAB: Alison Barnes, National President of the NTEU on Sky News ‘Govt university package all 'smoke and mirrors' “...there could be up to 21000 job losses across Australian universities”.
NEWS GRAB: George Megalogenis, Author and Journalist on RN Big Ideas ‘The purpose and future of the university (part two)’ - a broadcast version of an event presented by the ANU College of Law and the ANU Centre for Law, Arts & the Humanities, that was curated and facilitated by Natasha Cica of Kapacity.org at the National Library of Australia on 17 March 2020. Tamson was invited to participate in this talk as an expert in the history of universities, an area she’s been working on since 2004. “...The crisis we're going through with COVID19 is the equivalent of the Second World War”.
NEWS GRAB: Alison Barnes, National President of the NTEU on Sky News ‘Govt university package all 'smoke and mirrors' “over the last decade, $10 billion of funding has been pulled out of Australian universities”.
NEWS GRAB: Brian Schmidt, Vice Chancellor, ANU on PM ‘Fears Australian universities could collapse in wake of COVID-19’ “...This is the time to redesign... I don't want a hard reset anymore than anyone else...I just think it is naive to think that big change is not on the way”.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR TAMSON PIETSCH: As our old ways of working are suspended or transformed, it’s hard to know which of these changes are temporary – and which will be here to stay.
NEWS GRAB: Brian Schmidt, Vice Chancellor, ANU on PM ‘Fears Australian universities could collapse in wake of COVID-19’ “...rather than chasing the change that happens. I think we need to be leading the change”.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR TAMSON PIETSCH: Meanwhile our students are looking at a future in which they bear the costs of this pandemic and the continuing ecological crisis.What will they demand of universities as they make lives in a very different kind of world?The uncertainty is making it difficult for everyone, for university leaders, academics and students.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR TAMSON PIETSCH:I’m Tamson Pietsch, a historian at the University of Technology Sydney and I’ve long been interested in universities and their relationship to society.I want to use this time in lockdown to begin a conversation with you about the kind of higher education sector our society needs. By using the lens of the past, present and even the future, we’ll investigate what the public can legitimately demand of their universities, and how higher education in Australia might be remade.
Episode One - is coming to your podcatcher soon…
MALE VOICE OVER: The New Social Contract is a podcast series made by Impact Studios at the University of Technology Sydney. The production team live on the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, whose lands were never ceded.
1 - https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/pm/fears-australian-universities-could-collapse-in-wake-of-covid/12134658
2 - https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6148931486001
3 - https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/the-purpose-and-future-of-the-university.-part-two/12101262
4 - https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6148931486001
5 - https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/pm/fears-australian-universities-could-collapse-in-wake-of-covid/12134658