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Campus News : December 2012
DECEMBER 2012 CONNECT :UOW 5 CONNECT: NEWS NEW DEPUTY V-C TAKES UP HER POST Professor Eeva Leinonen joined the executive team of the University of Wollongong as the new Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Education) in November. Professor Leinonen was Vice Principal (Education) and Professor of Clinical Linguistics at King’s College London before taking up her new post. She succeeds Emeritus Professor Rob Castle, who retired in July after 42 years’ service to UOW. Professor Leinonen has an academic background in linguistics and psychology and has extensive experience in higher education in the United Kingdom, Europe and internationally. During her time at King’s College, Professor Leinonen significantly advanced King’s agendas of learning and teaching, the student experience, widened participation and progressed the College’s technology-enhanced learning agenda. Before joining King’s College, Professor Leinonen was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire from 2005-2009. In earlier roles at Hertfordshire, Professor Leinonen was Dean of the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Director of the Health and Human Sciences Research Institute, Head of the School of Psychology, Associate Dean in the Business School and Head of the School of Humanities. Professor Leinonen said she was excited to be joining UOW as the new Strategic Plan, including the faculty restructure, was being advanced. “I am really looking forward to help building on the University’s already strong foundations. I want to play a part in helping to enable our graduates to be leaders in the world.” Born in Finland, Professor Leinonen went to school in the United States before attending the University of London. In an interview with the Illawarra Mercury, Professor Leinonen said: “Personally, I was looking for something different, and my partner is Australian. Professionally, it was a good opportunity as the University of Wollongong has a really good reputation internationally.” She told the newspaper she was also attracted by the prospect of working with Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings CBE, who she knew from his time as Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University in the UK. “I think he (Professor Wellings) has a very aspirational strategic plan for the University of Wollongong and I’m excited to be part of the delivery of that, and helping to shape it as well.” Professor Leinonen said she was extremely impressed with the outstanding natural beauty of Wollongong. BG Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Eeva Leinonen. COUNCIL APPROVES CHANGES TO FACULTY STRUCTURE The University of Wollongong’s University Council passed two milestone proposals at its October meeting – its 2013-18 Strategic Plan and the Faculty Restructure Plan. The decision is the culmination of nine months of thematic reviews and collaborative development and an intensive period of consultation. Staff, student and alumni feedback was instrumental in shaping the final proposals. The Strategic Plan for 2013-18 sets a target for the University to reach a position in the top one per cent of world universities. It is currently ranked in the top two per cent. UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings CBE said a place in the top one per cent of universities will advance UOW’s capacity to attract highly qualified staff and students. “This will, in turn, bring the recognition, skills and partnerships to enrich further the quality and impact of our research and teaching,” Professor Wellings said. “Moreover, it will boost our capacity to open up opportunities for student access and contribute to regional developments.” Professor Wellings said among the challenges facing the University over the next five years was the need to refocus and reinvigorate the academic profile, deliver and grow UOW’s off-shore international program and to build and leverage partnerships for mutual benefit – including a lifelong engagement with the University’s alumni. Council approved a new Faculty structure to take the strategic agenda forward, with the existing nine faculties and Graduate Schools of Medicine and Business being absorbed into five larger entities. The existing Faculties will continue to operate during the start of 2013 with a transition to the new Faculties taking place before 1 August 2013. The period between 1 January and 31 July will be used to roll out the new governance arrangements for Faculties, conduct reviews of Schools and determine Associate Deans and other positions. The five new Faculties that will take shape from 2013, and their leadership, are: FACULTY OF BUSINESS Executive Dean: Professor John Glynn FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND INFORMATION SCIENCES Executive Dean: Professor Chris Cook Executive Director and Chief Executive SMART: Mr Garry Bowditch FACULTY OF LAW, HUMANITIES AND THE ARTS Executive Dean: Professor Amanda Lawson Dean of Law: Professor Warwick Gullett FACULTY OF SCIENCE, MEDICINE AND HEALTH Executive Dean: Professor Don Iverson Dean of Medicine: Professor Alison Jones Executive Director IHMRI (Acting): Professor Xu-Feng Huang FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES Executive Dean: Mr John Steele Executive Director Early Start: Professor Paul Chandler The Executive Deans of the new Faculties will report to Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor John Patterson. Dean of Science Professor Will Price has been appointed Executive Director of the multi-disciplinary Australian Institute of Innovative Materials (AIIM) at the Innovation Campus. AIIM will continue to report to Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Judy Raper. Other administrative changes include Damien Israel’s appointment as Chief Finance Officer and Matthew Wright as Director, Financial Operations. Ms Lisa Ucles will be Acting Director of Human Resources. BG STRATEGIC PLAN USHERS IN NEW ERA so au the es t ” reover, pen up Executive Lawso Dea Wa FA M Ex Do Dean Alison J Et iD it FIVE LARGER ENTITIES UOW 597 ConnectUOW.indd 5 UOW 597 ConnectUOW.indd 5 3/12/12 11:32 AM 3/12/12 11:32 AM