Right from its inception as Australia’s first regional university, UNE has consistently redefined what a university is.

UNE’s first Vice-Chancellor, Sir Robert (Bert) Madgwick, pioneered distance education in the 1950s. Madgwick believed the University’s job is

to find out what people want, give it to them… and never take the easy way and start with what the University thinks they need.

The pioneering spirit lives on across UNE, with leading innovation in teaching design and delivery, whilst researchers test the boundaries of the unknown.

UNE now stands as the only public university to be awarded 5 stars for overall experience, on-campus and online, for the last 13 years running*.

UNE is now looking for an ambitious Vice-Chancellor with the courage and determination to assume Madgwick’s mantle - to resist conformity and push beyond convention to lead bold teaching and research that empowers people, wherever they are, to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Madgwick's legacy

Robert Madgwick, UNE's first VC

"The argument about what is proper and what is not makes me impatient, and wastes a great deal of time, which could be used in the field finding out what ordinary people are really like...their environments and what they want...

Sir Robert "Bert" Madgwick
Robert Madgwick, UNE's first VC

"Let us therefore accept as a challenge the differences that exist between ourselves and other Australian universities. Let us work out a curriculum that is our own, and not merely copied with minor modifications from the other universities...

Sir Robert "Bert" Madgwick
Robert Madgwick, UNE's first VC

"We teach not subjects or courses of study, but people. The danger is that the subject becomes more important than the student, and to me, the student, not the subject, must become the central feature of the university"

Sir Robert "Bert" Madgwick

The position

Stylised image showing an anonymous Vice-Chancellor leading a group of academics towards a romantically-lit Booloominbah homestead.

The Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer is accountable for the strategic leadership and management of UNE.

As Vice-Chancellor you will lead the University with energy, flair and vision, plus exhibit the necessary leadership and emotional intelligence qualities to champion executive management of the highest order. Committed to the value of communication, you will possess the ability to motivate a complex organisation, and its rich mix of stakeholders, to develop, grow and achieve great things.

View the Chancellor's video and access the candidate information brochure for more detailed information.

Candidate enquiries

The appointment of the next Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of UNE is being supported by the executive search firm Boyden.

For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact:

Alun Parry, Managing Partner, Boyden
T: +61 2 9225 7413
M: +61 449 031 549
E: alun.parry@boyden.com

Kirsten Ludlow, Principal, Boyden
T: +61 2 9225 7402
M: +61 401 148 316
E: kirsten.ludlow@boyden.com

Closing date for applications was 31 January 2019

It is anticipated that interviews will take place during late March 2019.

The first of our kind, and the best at what we do


As the first Australian university established outside a capital city, UNE has been pioneering distance and online education for over 60 years - the longest record in Australia - which has led to us being the only Australian university to be awarded five stars for overall satisfaction every year for 13 years by our students in the Good Universities' Guide, and Australia's number one online university by Online Study Australia.

Our research is consistently rated world standard or above by Excellence in Research for Australia, and we have received over $2 million in funding from the ARC for 2019.

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