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From the Director

Sarah Chaloner
Director, CAUDIT Leadership Institute

In a time of a rapidly changing and an increasingly digitally connected world, the ability to lead change is a core attribute of any organisation.  Universities are a vital part of any evolving society, providing expertise on contemporary world problems and producing the workforce of the future.

The role of Information professionals across IT and Libraries in HE continues to be elevated and their expertise of the impact of digital opportunities on the strategic outputs of our institutions is seen as an essential. CIOs and Librarians have the challenge of ensuring that their organisations have the requisite leadership capabilities in addition to technical competence so that they and their teams can drive innovation and guide their Universities to a new, information-rich, globally connected future.

The CAUDIT Leadership Institute (CLI) has a strong track record in equipping emerging leaders across HE in Australia and New Zealand with exemplary leadership skills and abilities. Myself and fellow faculty member, Kerrie Campbell, CIO at Flinders University, are former CLI participants and acknowledge the significant role the CLI played in our career development. Many other CLI alumni have gone on to make significant contributions in their institutions and this unique opportunity is open to senior managers and emerging leaders across the HE sector in Australia and New Zealand.

The Institute program comprises a cohesive, contemporary, high quality and intensive set of activities supported by a data and research driven curriculum delivered by an experienced team of practicing leaders. The CLI is not just a sector-specific leadership training program, it is a transformative experience which continues in the form of a growing and active alumni who continue their learning well beyond the Institute.  I have been a part of the program for more than six years and during that time have seen the curriculum continually updated so that it delivers new and innovative content every year. I believe so passionately in its purpose and value, I joined the Faculty and have subsequently become Faculty Director. I cannot recommend the program highly enough.

It is a popular program and places are limited to just 42 each year and runs for a week in August in the Gold Coast, Queensland.

If you are serious about your career, and want the opportunity to develop strong leadership skills and abilities as well as a growing network of leadership peers across the sector, contact CAUDIT or myself to discuss the program further. Don’t miss out on a fantastic professional development opportunity.

Sarah Chaloner
Head of IT and Digital Services, UTS:Insearch
Faculty Director, CLI (2019 - present)