The University of Newcastle, Australia

Meet Kylie Twyford

AssocDipBus(Valuation)(SIT), BBus(UON), BEd(Hons1)(Adult Education), PhD(UTS)Kylie Twyford

Why did you join the University Council?

I have had a long and proud association with our institution as a student, an early alumnus of our Ourimbah Campus, and as a staff member. This sense of belonging to our university and region contributes to my view of our institution as not ‘The’ University of Newcastle but ‘Our’ University of Newcastle. Our university’s future advances my future, and that of our children, community and region, and this belief inspired me to nominate for our University Council. I am sincerely grateful to my colleagues for the opportunity to represent them and serve our University and region.

What do you look back on most fondly when it comes to your own education?

While I have had a lifelong love of formal education, my most endearing memories of learning involve those acquired through travel. Whether learning about Australia through my parents as we traversed this country throughout my schooling, learning about myself and team work while sailing across the world, or through learning about other cultures while travelling for work or pleasure, it is the ‘teachable moments’ of travel that are held most fondly.


While over her career Dr Kylie Twyford, AssocDipBus(Valuation)(SIT), BBus(Newcastle), BEd(Hons1)(Adult Education), PhD(UTS), has held diverse roles from real estate valuer to teacher, academic to project manager, joining the dots has been a passion for the transformative power of education, a compelling need to research, the thrill of connecting with people, and getting things done.

Dr Twyford has held the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) coordinator role at the University of Newcastle since 2011. This centralised position is a strategic role with the main focus to drive the momentum of WIL university-wide. The position enables and strengthens relationships, programs and initiatives that encompass WIL through collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, and by providing support and leadership to enhance the student experience and industry engagement.

Internationally, Dr Twyford was the World Association of Cooperative Education (WACE) International Research Community Regional Vice-Chair for the Asia and Pacific region from 2013 to 2016, prior to moving to her current position of Chair of Communications in mid-2016. Dr Twyford has also been on the WACE International Review Team since 2012, and the WACE International Advisory Committee since 2014. Nationally, Dr Twyford has been an active member of Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) since 2012 and, at a state level, is currently Deputy Chair of the ACEN NSW/ACT state chapter executive committee.

Prior to Dr Twyford’s involvement in the WIL sector, she was a Senior Research Associate, managing a $1.314M Australian Research Council Linkage project in partnership with industry on Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) in NSW and the NT. This experience led to collaborative research between UON, The University of South Pacific and the technology provider to explore the implementation of IDL in the South Pacific.

In addition to Dr Twyford’s doctoral thesis, ‘Student retention in distance education using on-line communication’, her publications include book chapters, refereed journal articles, and conference papers, including presentations on WIL in the USA, Turkey, South Africa, and Sweden.

Kylie spent the early part of her career in the then traditionally male roles of real estate valuer at the Valuer General’s Office for 7 years, and in vocational education and training as a full-time teacher of valuation for over 10 years with TAFE NSW.

A lifelong resident of the Wyong Shire on the Central Coast, Dr Twyford is an active member of her community as a Rotarian, and as a volunteer community coach to local high school students.