The Senate Dinner gave an opportunity to highlight the way the Convocation Council can interact with the other major parts of the University and to spend some pleasant time, sharing thoughts with members of the Senate.
Regular meetings were held across the year with members of the Executive, although some of those planned were cancelled by the Executive team, and not necessarily replaced.
Appreciating the heavy voluntary load carried by the senior members of the Convocation Council, we worked hard to be able to make a part time appointment to provide extra support for out of hours meetings, and for the Convocation Officer in her regular duties. Mr Kris Bather has completed this role in excellent fashion as did Ms Melissa Hetherington in 2019. Council cannot function without sufficient office support and takes the funds for this position from its General-Purpose account.
There is much more that could be written but there are many other things to do in a life that must include more than Convocation.
My thanks go to all Councillors who have given so much in the past year, to the many UWA staff with whom we have worked successfully over the last year.
To our departing Vice Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater, we send the best wishes from all Convocation members. Equally so to Professor Robyn Owens who has stepped down after many years in her role as Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, and to Professor Wendy Erber who has completed a wonderful term as Dean of Health and Medical Sciences.
To all Convocation members I extend wishes for a very Happy Christmas and I encourage you to retain and build your interest in Convocation as you enjoy success in your New Year.
Next year we will have a bulletin and a flag. Look out for that.