He aha te mea nui o te ao? What is the most important thing in the world?

Professor John Randal describes some of the adventures of his journey towards becoming the University's first professor on the new teaching-intensive pathway.

John Randal joined Victoria University of Wellington as a school leaver in 1992, studying for 10 years before joining the academic staff in 2002.

Two decades later, he became the university’s first professor on a new teaching-intensive academic career pathway.

In this lecture John describes, with the benefit of hindsight, his educational influences, small but critical moments in the classroom, being locked in City Gallery with a bag of tools and a hydraulic lift, riding a stationary bike for 16 hours in the Hub, the emotional rollercoaster of teaching through a pandemic, and what the future might hold for the people of Te Herenga Waka.

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Three academics wearing robes in front of a wall showing sponsors of the Business School, from left to right Mark Hickford, John Randal, and Jennifer Windsor
Inaugural lecture (left to right): Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Government, Law, and Business Professor Mark Hickford, Professor John Randal, and Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Jennifer Windsor.

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