NiTRO Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education

From the DDCA President

Welcome to the 42nd edition of NiTRO, which examines a broad range of approaches and viewpoints on the Creative Arts PhD, edited by David Cross and Jenny Wilson

Welcome to the 42nd edition of NiTRO, which examines a broad range of approaches and viewpoints on the Creative Arts PhD, edited by David Cross and Jenny WIlson.

The recent times have proved very challenging for our emerging and early career academics, who have witnessed staffing cuts and high pressure work environments around them, disparaging attitudes from the federal government and ongoing “bad news” stories around universities in most media coverage. However, perhaps the election results provide us with something that may feel foreign to many academics – established and emergent – hope. Hope that things can change, can reset, can be better.

The commitment to an Australian Universities Accord from the Minister for Education, Jason Clare MP, the reviving of the Creative Australia policy from the Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke MP, and the appointment of a Special Envoy for the Arts in Susan Templeman MP are at a minimum, a chance for profile, consultation and conversation. As such, a focus on the ways we can support the next generation of creative arts professionals and academics is timely.

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For many, 2022 has been a year of transition. Whether moving into new roles or university structures, new (or extended) forms of teaching and learning, different research and research training landscapes, not to mention refreshed national governance and priorities, many of our DDCA members will remember 2022 as the year where changes brought about by COVID-19 started to settle in.

Welcome to this penultimate edition of NiTRO for 2022, which has been expertly curated by Dr Alejandra Canales and her colleagues at The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

Welcome to the latest edition of NiTRO. The clocks (for some) have moved forward, and I know many of us are looking forward to a well-earned summer break. But alas, there is still a lot to do before then!

Arts and culture in Australia is on the turn. We hope. Since the recent federal election, from which the Australian Labor Party came back into power after a 9-year hiatus, there has been a lot of “noise” about the potential of a real future for arts and culture. “New National Cultural Policy”, which is currently accepting submissions (the DDCA is collaborating on a submission with our colleagues at the Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities – DASSH), is just one sign of the Federal Government's commitment to what many of us already know to be the lifeblood of

Welcome to the 41st edition of NiTRO, our second for 2022. The pandemic is still very much with us as we are open up and international travel returns. Most students have returned to campus, yet classes continue to be plagued by high levels of absenteeism, and academics manage a range of hybrid approaches, a complex task in many artistic disciplines.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Edition 40 of NiTRO, my first welcome as the new President of the DDCA. As I begin my term, challenges will continue and likely intensify. Recent change proposals for the Australian Research Council, government vetos on peer approved grants, and ongoing funding challenges for our sector are just some of the issues requiring continuous and forthright engagement. It is time to be bold.