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Changing Minds

11 July 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building
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A UNSW Scientia Education Academy public lecture presented by Professor Richard Buckland, UNSW Engineering.

What are our hopes for the education we provide?  What could success look like?  How high should we aspire – how bold should we be?

Excellence in education involves more than just knowledge transfer – it enables and inspires us to change profoundly, who we are and how we think and respond. 

What can busy, stressed, over assessed teachers do to foster this sort of educational experience for our busy, stressed, over assessed students?

Join us for our first midday lecture, followed by light lunch and soft drinks


Inspiring Educational Excellence

UNSW's Scientia Education Academy Lecture Series highlights the innovative educational practices of our outstanding educators. Join them for this conversation to hear about their particular approaches to enhancing the educational experiences and outcomes of students, as well as their personal career journey.

For more information about our outstanding educators, visit our website here.

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Professor Richard Buckland

Professor Richard Buckland is the Director of First Year Experience of UNSW Sydney.

Richard is a Professor in CyberCrime Cyberwar and Cyberterror at the School of Computer Science and Engineering UNSW, Visiting Professor in Educational Design at the National University of Malaysia UKM, and Grand Challenge Visiting Professor in CyberSecurity at Taylors University.

He was Director of Professional Education and Chair of the Academic Board of the Australian Computer Society, Director of Education of the Australian Centre for Cyber Security, and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia. He is the Director of the UNSW/CommBank Security Engineering Capability partnership -SecEDU, and long term member of the UNSW Academic Board and the University Academic Quality Committee.

He was the 2008 Australian and New Zealand Engineering Educator of the Year (Engineers Australia) and the 2013 Australian ICT Educator of the Year (iAwards) and has been the recipient of 10 peer reviewed awards in teaching and education including awards from the Australian College of Educators and the The Australian Learning and Teaching Council. He pioneered the first Australian MOOC, has hundreds of thousands of students and millions of views online, and is co-founder of social education platform

His research areas lie in Education and Teaching, and in Cyber Security and Security Engineering. Currently he is working on the affective domain (emotions, belief, motivation and feelings), learning communities and kindness, non-mark based motivation in online education, and engineering secure electronic elections in untrusted environments.

Richard has a love for teaching and a deep faith in the potential of all his students. He has taught over 10,000 students face to face at numerous levels including primary school, high school, undergraduate, postgraduate and professional students, and hundreds of thousands of students electronically. He has a passionate belief in the importance of education, of learning, of thinking. He has a particular interest in unconventional students: including gifted and talented students and students with learning difficulties. Before commencing his second degree he worked as an actuary and management consultant - which was not a patch on being a teacher. His hobbies include being a husband and dad, reading everything, cinema, bush regeneration, breaking things, puzzles, games, music, speaking in the third person, and being a rascal.