John Hay discusses his impressions of the University of Queensland upon accepting the position of Vice-Chancellor. He discusses the process of university faculty restructuring and the development of the University's research institutes.
|Alan Gilbert, Brian Wilson, Llew Edwards, University of Queensland|
John Hay comments on the appointment of Executive Deans to the University's new faculties.
|University of Queensland|
John Hay discusses the challenges of 'far flung' campuses and compares the situation of Deakin University with his experiences at the University of Queensland.
|Deakin University, University of Queensland|
John Hay comments on his relationships with government during his time as Vice-Chancellor. He comments on the generosity of Chuck Feeney and the injection of philanthropic funds into higher education. He comments on the influence of American universities on his thinking regarding working with governments.
|Atlantic Philanthropies, Borbidge Government 1996-98, Chuck Feeney, University of Queensland, Wayne Goss|
John Hay discusses the development of research institutes within Queensland.
|Australian National University, biosciences, Chuck Feeney, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, research|
John Hay recalls his first meeting with Chuck Feeney at the Irish Club on 16 March 1998. He explains Feeney's desire to remain anonymous and his unhappiness at the eventual disclosure of his generosity.
|Chuck Feeney, Jim Soorley, Ken Fletcher, Lawrie Powell|
John Hay discusses funding of the University's research institutes. He comments on the matching of funds by the state and federal governments and the restructuring of the University that was required following the injection of these funds.
|biosciences, Chuck Feeney, Ken Smith, Peter Beattie, research, University of Queensland|
John Hay comments on the role of the Chancellor and the University Senate in supporting the priorities of the University.
|Chuck Feeney, John Story, Llew Edwards, University of Queensland|
John Hay explains the relationship between Chuck Feeney and the Queensland Government and comments on the circumstances surrounding his contributions being made public.
John Hay explains the funding commitment made by the Borbidge Government to the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and argues Rob Borbidge's role should not be under-acknowledged.
|Beattie Government 1998-2007, Borbidge Government 1996-98, Goss Government 1989-96, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, Rob Borbidge|
John Hay discusses his strategies for maintaining relationships with the state government. He comments on the importance of establishing university priorities.
|Smart State, State Development Department, University of Queensland|
John Hay comments on the funding support from both the state and federal governments. He speaks on the role of philanthropy in universities and the differences between American and Australian universities.
|Howard Government 1996-2007, universities, University of Western Australia|
John Hay discusses his professional relationship with Glyn Davis and Ken Smith and the personal and intellectual commitment of both men while heads of the Premier's Department.
|Glyn Davis, Ken Smith, Premier's Department|
John Hay discusses the role of institute leaders in pursuing specific areas of research funding.
|Institute for Molecular Bioscience, John Mattick, Peter Andrews|
John Hay discusses the dispute regarding the Dutton Park Bridge, commenting on the role of the state government and Brisbane City Council.
|Brisbane City Council, public transport|
John Hay explains the relationship between the School of Medicine and the Royal Brisbane Hospital. He describes the challenges posed by the distances between many of the hospitals and the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland.
|hospitals, Mater Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, University of Queensland|
John Hay comments on the location of some Australian universities in relation to city centres. He comments on the role of adjunct positions in fostering interactions between universities and professions.
|Customs House, universities|
John Hay discusses infrastructure decisions in relation to the Institutes of Research Excellence. He discusses the aesthetic and architectural considerations required when making building additions.
|infrastructure, Perry Bartlett, Queensland Brain Institute, universities, University of Queensland|
John Hay comments on his involvement with the Smart State Standing Committee and the choice of the 'Smart State' slogan.
Ben Robertson, The People's University: 100 Years of the University of Queensland (St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2010)
Professor Emeritus John Hay AC was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland from 1996 to 2007. During this period a number of world-class research institutes were built in Queensland, with funding from The Atlantic Philanthropies, Queensland Government Smart State monies and the Australian Government.
Born in Perth in 1942, John Hay attended Perth Modern School before completing Degrees in English Literature from the University of Western Australia and Cambridge University. In 1967 he began lecturing in English Literature at the University of Western Australia, becoming a Professor in 1980. In 1987 he accepted a position as Dean of Arts with Monash University, and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor a year later. In 1992 he accepted the Vice-Chancellor role at Deakin University. While there he oversaw Deakin’s successful expansion into several regional campus sites, as he did with the University of Queensland’s later expansions to campuses at Gatton, Herston and Ipswich. Both Deakin (1995) and UQ (1998) under Hay’s leadership were named University of the Year by the Australian Good Universities Guide. In his first year as UQ’s Vice-Chancellor in 1996, Hay instigated a significant administrative restructuring and streamlining of the University’s faculties. At the end of 1996 he announced plans to establish an Institute for Molecular Bioscience at UQ, in a multi-million dollar partnership with the Queensland Government, the Australian Government and the then-anonymous Atlantic Philanthropies. The IMB, opened in 2003 as part of the new Queensland Biosciences Precinct in collaboration with the CSIRO, was the first of a number of research institutes established over the following decade at UQ and elsewhere, with the University partnering with Peter Beattie’s Queensland Government and Chuck Feeney’s Atlantic Philanthropies. Hay’s partnership with Feeney in particular led also to the architectural and artistic enhancement of UQ’s St Lucia campus, with the American philanthropist donating several million dollars towards the conversion of the University’s Mayne Hall into the James and Mary Amelia Mayne Centre, housing the new UQ Art Museum. While Vice-Chancellor at UQ, Hay gained appointments as Chair of the Group of Eight leading Australian universities and Chair of Universitas 21, an association of research-intensive international universities. He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 for his services to higher education, was made a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) in 2004, a Smart State Ambassador by Premier Peter Beattie in 2005 and a Queensland Great in 2007. After his retirement as UQ’s Vice-Chancellor at the end of 2007, the University conferred on Hay the title of Professor Emeritus and awarded him an honorary doctorate of laws. He continues to serve on a number of corporate and cultural institution boards, in areas ranging from performing arts to economic development to medical research and scientific innovation.
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