The Go8 Board, which consists of the vice-chancellors (presidents) of its eight member universities, meets five times a year.
The Chair of the Board rotates among member universities.
The current Chair of the Board is Professor Ian Young AO, Vice-Chancellor, The Australian National University.Link to Professor Young's biography
The Go8's submission to the Federal Government's Review of the National Innovation System includes over 20 recommendations designed to ensure that Australia's research and research training systems are capable of underpinning a dynamic economy and society. The Go8 submission stresses the importance of basic research and business / community / university collaboration to innovation, but suggests that arguably the most important function of universities is the cultivation of talent in an environment that values intellectual curiosity. Key recommendations of the Go8's submission include:
Ms Vicki Thomson
Vicki Thomson is the Chief Executive of the Group of Eight, taking up the role in January 2015.
Prior to this role she was Executive Director of the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN).
Ms Thomson's diverse background covers print and electronic journalism, politics, issues management and the higher education sector. She has an extensive media, political and policy background and was Chief of Staff to a South Australian Premier.
The Go8 offers a trusted network through which ideas and expertise are shared. Various committees of Go8 directors meet regularly to share information and ideas and to work jointly on projects.
The first Go8 Directors' event, held in Melbourne in May 2009, brought together the various director groups (commercialisation, human resources, international, research, data sharing and more) with a view to developing understanding, increasing operating efficiency and improving collaboration across the Go8 network.
Table of Contents:
The Kemp-Norton Report and higher education industry restructuring;
New Go8 publications for May 2014;
Brazilian students build job-ready skills;
Go8 Sponsorship at the largest International Education Conference in Brazil;
AEARU signs Hefei Statement;
Research with Impact: Fish Ecology;
Calendar of Events.
Table of contents:
• Key contacts in the Department of Education – their roles and responsibilities
• New Go8 Policy Notes – the impact of the demand-driven system
• Senate inquiry into innovation
• Internships for Science without Borders (SWB) students at Monash University
• Applications for the Go8-DAAD cooperation scheme 2015/2016 open on 7 April
• U15 of Canada signs Hefei Statement
• Research with Impact
• Calendar of Events
The Group of Eight (Go8) welcomes the appointment of Ms Vicki Thomson as its Executive Director following a competitive global search.
Ms Thomson, who will succeed Mr Mike Gallagher, comes to the role after more than a decade leading the Australian Technology Network (ATN) of Universities. Ms Thomson is also a member of the Australia China Council Board and the New Colombo Plan Reference Group.