New Dean to join UNE management team

Published 02 May 2018

The University of New England (UNE) is pleased to announce that it has appointed Professor Michael Wilmore as the new Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education (HASSE).

The appointment completes the executive management structure of the Faculty and will significantly strengthen HASSE’s management and leadership credentials.  

Prof. Wilmore is currently the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University, UK. Prior to that he was the Associate Dean (Learning Innovation) in the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design at Swinburne University, Melbourne.

In accepting the role, Prof. Wilmore said that he is very excited to join UNE and that the Faculty of HASSE fits well with his academic background in education and research.

“Having worked at several universities that have recently gone through a transition to new Faculties I feel have really good experience to share at UNE. I’ve worked at universities with a range of different profiles, including research intensive universities, modern ‘post-92’ universities, and online and distance universities,” Prof. Wilmore said.  

 “UNE gives me an opportunity to make a contribution in a different way because of its location and great mix of on-campus and on-line courses. The University makes a very significant contribution to the life of its region and the different communities it serves, through its education and its research and knowledge exchange activities. I’m really excited at the prospect of playing my part in all these activities.”

Prof. Wilmore was born in the UK and remained in the country until after the completion of his PhD. He moved to Australia in 2004 having accepted a role at the University of Adelaide before moving back to the UK to spend time closer to family and to take up position as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University.

Prof. Wilmore will commence his role with UNE on 2 July but said he and his family are looking forward to returning to Australia very soon.

“I have two sons and one has already returned to Australia to study at university. My youngest son will return to do the same when he finishes high school. My partner is a primary school teacher and she is also looking forward to returning to Australia to continue her career. We were very proud to become Australian citizens when we were living in Adelaide and are looking forward to returning Down Under very soon.”