PD Fest 2022

PD Fest 2022
Adelaide · Brisbane · Melbourne · Perth · Sydney
‘Live’ Event – Saturday, 18 June 2022

“New realities, new challenges”

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University English Centres Australia (UECA) are pleased to present the UECA PD Fest, on Saturday, 18 June 2022.

The UECA PD Day will bring together ELICOS teachers, academic managers and staff in 5 simultaneous events across Australia in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. The focus of the day is on reconnecting with colleagues face-to-face, reflecting on the past two years and turning to think about the new realities and new challenges for our sector as we move forward. Two plenary sessions ‘Adventure Thinking: Finding Calm in the Chaos’ and ‘Perspectives from the Sector: Beyond 2022’ will be screened across all locations and these will be complimented with localised interactive activities in each city for f2f participants.

Centre Hosts

Simon Futo
General Manager, ELC, The University of Adelaide

Ken Beutel
Executive Director, QUT College

Maxine Sahhar
Executive Director Academic at RMIT Training

Leanne Howarth
Manager, Teaching Programs

Katherine Olston
Director Centre for English Teaching + Learning Hub, The University of Sydney

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The Call for Presenters is now open

Please submit an abstract (up to 250 words) addressing this year’s theme, using the tab below. The authors of successful abstracts will be contacted by our technical partners Zoubakin in October. Zoubakin will facilitate the creation of a recorded 10 to 20-minute presentation for each successful abstract and upload them to the PD Fest site.

Your presentations will comprise the asynchronous content for the Symposium. Presentations can be viewed for one week prior to the Symposium and are available for at least a month on our site. Even if you cannot attend on the day, you can still register for the event and access presentations.

Please note, the closing date for Presenter Applications has been extended until Wednesday, 20 October 2021.

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NEAS is proud to be the Principal Sponsor of UECA’s Professional Development Events.

This UECA PD event is also sponsored by Bookery and Cambridge.

Program – From 08 November 2021

Online Presentations
Available online from 08 November 2021
Asynchronous content available on the UECA Online website to registered participants

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‘Live’ Event – Saturday, 18 June 2022

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Opening & Welcome
Saturday, 18 June 2022
10:00 – 10:15 AEST/AWST

Dr Simon Winetroube
UECA President & Director, Curtin English, Curtin University

Heather Thomas
Deputy General Manager / Director Global Programs, University of Wollongong

Plenary – Adventure Thinking: Finding Calm in the Chaos
Saturday, 18 June 2022
10:15 – 11:00 AEST/AWST

Justin Jones
Adventurer, Presenter, Documentary Producer and Motivational Speaker


Justin Jones, otherwise affectionately known as Jonesy, is Australia’s pre-eminent Explorer, keynote speaker, adventure thinker and storyteller.

His expeditions have taken him to the very corners of the world. He’s paddled a kayak from Australia to New Zealand, skied to the South Pole and back, and walked 1800km across the Australian Outback with his wife and one-year old daughter. He currently holds two Guinness World Record and a place as one of Australia’s 50 Greatest Explorers of all time. Over the past 18 years he has made a career of undertaking huge, epic, record setting expeditions around the world and sharing these on the stage and the screen. A humble, charismatic and inspiring character…he is the perfect example of how determination, detailed planning and foresight can enable the most ‘normal’ of us to undertake the most extraordinary feats.


Over the past 20 years, Jonesy has undertaken extreme adventures into the unknown; he’s paddled a kayak from Australia to New Zealand, skied to the South Pole and back and survived 102 days trekking through the relentless heat of the outback.

While the past 2 years have not been quite as exciting as skiing to the South Pole or traversing the outback, we have all collectively been forced to go on a massive expedition into the unknown as we have navigated the uncertainties thrown at us throughout the pandemic. It’s been immensely challenging, and we have all had to deal with our own realities in vastly different ways, on a professional, family and individual level.

In this session, Jonesy unpacks the lessons he’s learnt from the past 20 years of adventure and the ‘expedition mindset’ needed to focus, adapt, overcome, survive and achieve under extreme stress situations. Only by having compassion for himself and others, learning from his peers and having a relentless attitude has a very ‘average’ bloke been able to face new challenges and uncertainty, and achieve such extraordinary feats.

Saturday, 18 June 2022
11:00 – 11:20 AEST/AWST

Perspectives from the Sector – Beyond 2022
Saturday, 18 June 2022
11:20 – 12:00 AEST/AWST

Phil Honeywood
CEO, International Education Association of Australia

Hon. Phil Honeywood has been the Chief Executive Officer of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) since 2011. With experience in senior management positions, in both the Australian public and private sectors, including as Member of the Victorian State Parliament (1988–2006), Marketing Director and CEO at Stott’s Business College and Cambridge International College and member on the Governing Council of Swinburne University of Technology, Phil brings a unique background and perspective to international education. Phil is Convener of the National Council for International Education, member of the Tuition Protection Service Board, DFAT New Colombo Plan Roundtable and the Education Visa Consultative Committee.

Brett Blacker
CEO, English Australia

Brett Blacker is the Chief Executive Officer of English Australia, the National Peak Body for the English Language Teaching (ELT) sector. Brett’s career spans over 20 years across a range of senior roles related to Australia’s international education industry coupled with vast experience working on State and Federal Committees and Boards.

Dr Patrick Pheasant
CEO, NEAS Australia

NEAS Australia is a global leader in quality assurance for the English Language Teaching (ELT) sector. In the role of Chief Executive Officer, Dr Patrick Pheasant brings 30 years’ experience in applying drama, TESOL and teacher training methodologies across multiple education sectors around the world. Patrick is a past Director at the University of Sydney Centre for English Teaching, past Vice-President of the University English Centres of Australia (UECA) and past Convenor of the NEAS Advisory Council.

Reconnecting with colleagues – Sharing learnings and new challenges
Saturday, 18 June 2022
12:00 – 12:45 AEST/AWST

Wrap up of the day + Survey
Saturday, 18 June 2022
12:45 – 12:50 AEST/AWST

Saturday, 18 June 2022
12:50 – 1:30 AEST/AWST
* Please note, there is no lunch session at the Adelaide or Melbourne event.

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