Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

19 July 2013

Professor Derrick Armstrong has advised me that he does not wish to seek renewal of his appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) following the conclusion of his current appointment on 30 November 2013. I have regretfully accepted Derrick's decision in this matter.

I am deeply grateful to Derrick for all his work since his original appointment to the position in December 2008. As the inaugural Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Derrick established a new portfolio for a comprehensive, University-wide approach to education reform, bringing together work to support teaching and learning, student administration and the student experience, to develop comprehensive educational strategies and structures.

In particular his passionate belief in the transformative power of education to build better societies has underpinned significant achievements in our commitment to social inclusion. Among his initiatives that have led to substantially increased enrolments by students from low-socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds are the negotiation of our alliance with the University of New England in the Pathways program, his leadership of the Bridges to Higher Education consortium and the expanded Compass program to encourage, support and recruit students from low-SES high schools. Other legacies of Derrick's leadership of the Education Portfolio are the completion of the hugely successful learning hubs in Carslaw and PNR and the rollout of the 'virtual desktop'.

I am currently discussing with SEG how best to support and progress the University's strategies in education and student life for the future and will provide you with further information as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely

Dr Michael Spence
Vice-Chancellor and Principal