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Beyond Brexit: the UK’s chief uni voice downloads at ECU

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Professor Julia Buckingham
Universities UK President

Professor Buckingham delivered the annual Vice-Chancellor's Oration at ECU's Mount Lawley Campus.

Universities are central to societies' future success – but only if we learn some lessons

Friday, 5 October 2018

Professor Graham Galbraith
Vice-Chancellor, University of Portsmouth

Professor Galbraith delivered the 2018 ECU Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Oration at the Joondalup Campus.

The Value of a Performing Arts Education in a Changing World

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Professor Linda Merrick
Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music

Professor Linda Merrick, Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music, delivered the 2017 ECU Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Oration.

Quasi-periodic Crystals – a Paradigm Shift in Crystallography

Friday, 11 March 2016

Professor Dan Shechtman
Philip Tobias Professor of Materials Science
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.

Nobel Prize-winning chemist Professor Dan Shechtman delivered the Vice-Chancellor’s 2016 Distinguished Oration as part of ECU’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

Back from the brink: Saving Britain from financial chaos, lessons for Australia

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Rt Hon Alistair Darling

Former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer the Rt Hon Alistair Darling delivered the 2015 Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Oration

Advancing Teaching and Research and Improving the Quality of Life through University-Community Engagement: A View from the United States

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Dr Ira Harkavy
Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships
University of Pennsylvania

I am honored to be delivering the 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Oration on the topic of university-community engagement.  It is a particular pleasure to be the guest of a university whose purpose is “to further develop valued citizens for the benefit of Western Australia and beyond through teaching and research inspired by engagement and partnerships," and at a university whose Vice Chancellor, Kerry Cox, has been a good friend and colleague for many years.

Quid Pro Quo

Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor Ms Lisa Scaffidi

I have had the great honour of serving as the Lord Mayor of the City of Perth now for six years and as I hope you can appreciate around the daily "ups and downs" of public office, the focus on significant capital expenditure projects for our City and more recently the very strategic discussions about local government reform I have had the most incredible journey that has enabled me to observe learn, enter and glimpse worlds that normally would not be mine to see.

Previous Distinguished Orators

  • Professor (Emeritus) Sally Walker
  • The Honourable Dr Elizabeth Constable MLA
  • The Honourable Chief Justice Dr Robert French
  • The Honourable Dr Fred Chaney AO
  • Sam Walsh, Chief Executive - Rio Tinto Iron
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