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Academic Board Debate — The AUQA (Awkward and Unexpected Questions and Answers) Debate

The Academic Board debate, The AUQA (Awkward and Unexpected Questions and Answers) Debate, took place on 7 September 2011.


The focus of the debate was UTS at the cutting edge of Practice-Oriented Education: more practice than education?.

With Practice-Oriented Education being one of the two themes for the AUQA Audit in May 2012, debate participants were asked to answer the question: What does this mean for your teaching and your faculty?


The Affirmative team was Professor Theo Van Leeuwen, Dr Samantha Spurr and Dr Bronwen Dalton.

The Opposing team was Professor Jill McKeough, Dr Paul Allatson and Dr Tim Aubrey.

The Moderator was Jenna Price from Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


The purpose of the academic board debate is to engage with academic staff in a way that is light-hearted but informative on the topic of Practice Orientated Education as one of the themes for the upcoming AUQA audit.

Report from the debate

See the report on the debate (access restricted to UTS staff and students).