Denise Kirkpatrick


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The Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor reports to the Vice-Chancellor, is a member of the University Executive and is responsible for providing senior level leadership of the University's academic portfolio.

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Professor Denise Kirkpatrick is Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Western Sydney University.

A highly regarded academic and educational leader, Professor Kirkpatrick was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) at the University of Adelaide. Professor Kirkpatrick holds a PhD and is recognised internationally for her scholarly contributions in the fields of technology enhanced learning and quality assurance in higher education.  She is also an award-winning teacher.

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Professor Kirkpatrick has been a member of numerous boards, including:

  • Non-executive Director, Sydney School of Entrepreneurship Board, 2017-
  • Convenor, NSW Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Academic) group, 2017-
  • Chair, Enterprises Board, Western Sydney University, 2016-
  • Non-executive Director, Western Sydney University International College, 2016-
  • Non-executive Director, UWS College Board, 2015
  • Member, Advisory Board, Hamdan Bin Mohammed eUniversity, Dubai, 2009-2012
  • Member, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education Membership Advisory Board, 2009-2012
  • Member, IMS Executive Strategy Board, 2009-2011
  • Member, Pearson International Strategic Advisory Board, 2009-2011
  • Member, Observatory on Higher Education Advisory Board, 2008-2011
  • Member, Executive Committee, International Council on Open and Distance Education (ICDE), 2007-2012

Professor Kirkpatrick reviews articles for various journals including: Higher Education Research and Development; Studies in Continuing Education; Higher Education Policy Studies; Association for Learning Technologies Journal; Distance Education and Open Learning.



What is the best way to contact the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor?

Contact Diana Camilleri, Executive Assistant to the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (9683 8119 or


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