Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar)

3 April 2014

Dear colleagues,

I am delighted to let you know about two important appointments to the University's leadership team. As, respectively, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar), Professor Pip Pattison and Professor Tyrone Carlin will play significant roles in our efforts to deliver an outstanding education and overall university experience for our students.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education): Professor Pip Pattison

Professor Pattison has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Melbourne since 2011. A quantitative psychologist by background, she began her academic career at Melbourne, and has previously served as president of Melbourne's Academic Board. She has been responsible for the implementation of the Melbourne Curriculum, as well as leadership of Melbourne's learning and teaching strategy, including e-learning strategies and related policy developments.

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Pip will lead our strategy and vision for teaching and learning and our students' educational experience. She will build on the University-wide approach to curriculum renewal we have commenced under the strategic plan, and develop ways to promote new thinking in pedagogy across the University. Reflecting the importance we place on teaching, she will oversee institution-wide development of better support for student learning. Her team will, inter alia, also focus on learning and teaching analytics, e-learning and quality assurance.

I am very pleased that Pip has decided to join us and anticipate that she will commence in late May or early June.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar): Professor Tyrone Carlin

Many of you will be familiar with the significant contribution Professor Carlin has already made to the University in his current roles as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Operations) and Co-Dean of the Business School. We are finalising future arrangements for the deanship of the Business School and I hope to be able to let you know more in coming weeks.

In his new role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar), which he will assume with immediate effect, Tyrone will be responsible for how we manage and develop each student's relationship with the University, from their first enquiry to their graduation. Building on his work as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, he will be responsible for student recruitment and induction, orientation and mentoring. He will also oversee the management and development of student support services, facilitate co-curricular activities and liaison with student organisations and the residential colleges, and be responsible for the review and development of the University's provision of services for student health, wellbeing and welfare. Other areas of responsibility will include reviewing and improving support for international students, building international exchange opportunities, and progressing work relating to student accommodation and informal learning spaces.

I was very impressed by the strength of the fields for these roles, and am delighted that we have been able to make such fine appointments. I look forward to working with Professors Pattison and Carlin to build on the progress we have made in recent years to enhance further the quality of our educational and student experience, especially through opening new pathways to the University for all students of promise.

Please join me in congratulating Pip and Tyrone on their appointments.

Yours sincerely

Dr Michael Spence
Vice-Chancellor and Principal