After the COVID hiatus the first ‘Faculty Dinner’ was for the students of Law. The tradition of the faculty dinners has been an enduring one at Paul’s. It will be of interest to Paulines that the University has now has the following academic structure:
- Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Dean Prof Lisa Adkins
- Faculty of Engineering – Dean Prof Willy Zweenepoel
- Faculty of Medicine and Health – Dean Prof Robyn Ward (Pro-Vice-Chancellor)
- Faculty of Science – Dean Prof Philip Gale
- School of Architecture, Design and Planning – Head of School and Dean Prof Robyn Dowling
- University of Sydney Business School – Head of School and Dean Prof Gregory Whitwell
- Conservatorium of Music – Head of School and Dean Prof Anna Reid
- Sydney Law School – Head of School and Dean Prof Simon Bronitt (Pauline 2019-20)
The Law Dinner was held on 2 May and after dinner the address was given by Mr Richard Beasley SC a Sydney Barrister and author. His topic centred on corruption and politics, corruption and public life and the critical importance of the Murray-Darling Basin to the future of the Australian economy. His 2021 book Dead in the Water concerns the illegality and maladministration of Australia’s most important environmental law, the Commonwealth Water Act, and the Murray Darling Basin Plan. His address generated a large number of questions and it was particularly good to have Pauline Prof Nick Cowdery AO QC in the room, a former NSW Director of Public Prosecutions, whose questions added to discussion of corrupt conduct in public office.
During the dinner ‘Die Nebensonnen’ from ‘Winterreise’ by Franz Schubert was performed by two undergraduate Paulines Mr Isander Mesimeris (Voice) and Mr Alexander Back (Piano) which was greatly appreciated by the 31 guests and over 150 current students in attendance.