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New academics

This coordinator is of the view that many new academics are thrown in at the deep end and are given too much responsibility for which don’t have the experience. He goes on to provide tips that may help them to cope with the workload and gain perspective.
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No-one dies here

As a clinician and leader in a previous role, this Unit Coordinator applies the skills learnt then to this role. She provides practical and useful advice. More…

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Only here for the students

This Unit Coordinator describes her heavy teaching workload and the poor administration support she receives. Despite this she enjoys her time teaching and has received outside recognition for her efforts. She also describes her strategy to publish her work. More…

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Organised chaos

When she reflects upon her role this coordinator thinks ‘organised chaos’, labour intensity and the variety of abilities and skills she requires to perform all aspects of the role. She sees the time spent with staff as important to develop and support them. As a specialist she feels professionally isolated and worries about the rigour of developing a unit on her own. More…

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Organising teaching and learning is a big responsibility

To learn about teaching and learning this Unit Coordinator in engineering reads in the area. He finds coordination complex and prepares for a semester well in advance to reduce pressure. He finds first years have high expectations of being given everything and has adapted his approach. More…

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Painting the Sydney Harbour bridge

Experience was obtained by this coordinator during six years at two different universities. He asked lots of questions to survive the early years and has learnt to compartmentalise the various responsibilities since. This has reduced anxiety although a sense of relentlessness and treading water prevail because he lacks the time to reflect, improve and excel. More…

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Part of an academic’s work

Teaching an on-line unit meant there were no timetabling, coordinator or tutor ‘complications’ experienced by this coordinator. She feels her skills are valued and is part of a supportive team, and views unit coordination as important and an opportunity to show leadership. More…

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Positively impacting on students

Originally from overseas, this coordinator in building and construction has found it difficult to adjust to the operational anomalies he has encountered. Nevertheless, he gains great satisfaction from the positive impact he has on his students. More…

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Practical tips for setting up a unit

I am an experienced Unit Coordinator in the sciences and, although I have panicked a number of times during the past 13 years, I have learnt much that I can share with incoming academics.  My general advice would be to … More…

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Prioritising my responsibilities

Despite five years experience as a unit coordinator this coordinator thinks it gets busier. With experience it becomes easier because you know what to do and how to do it but every year there are challenges. This year, for example, the electronic communications system was changed so she needed to learn the new system.
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