Top of an international pool

Following an international search in 2012, the University welcomed Professor Andrew Parfitt to the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

Professor Parfitt was selected from a highly competitive pool of extremely talented academics. Professor Parfitt was outstanding amongst his peers in his strategic foresight, business acumen and thorough knowledge of the academic and higher education environment.

Professor Parfitt was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, Faculty of IT, Engineering and the Environment at the University of South Australia.

"With an emphasis on the student experience, Professor Parfitt has championed innovative academic approaches and practices, particularly in the areas of multi-disciplinary program development, the delivery of high quality online learning and working to ensure course design meets the needs of graduate employers," said Vice Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen.

Professor Parfitt also has an international reputation as a specialist in antenna and radio systems, with a focus on space science and technology. His career highlights include leading the Cooperative Research Centre for Satellite Systems, the national research group responsible for launching FedSat, which was Australia's first satellite in 30 years.

He holds a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Adelaide, and has held adjunct academic positions at the University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide, the University of Sydney and Macquarie University.

In a professional capacity, Professor Parfitt is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and has been Chair of both its South Australia and New South Wales Sections. He is Chair of the Australian Academy of Science National Committee for Radio Science, a Fellow of Engineers Australia, and until taking up his appointment in Newcastle was a board member of key industry associations the Defence Teaming Centre and the Technology Industry Association.

"I am excited to be joining the University of Newcastle," said Professor Parfitt.

"I am hoping to be able to successfully lead the diverse Academic portfolio to provide an exceptional student experience, while providing professional development opportunities for staff so they can create a superior teaching and learning environment. This is all part of our commitment to build a university of distinction," Professor Parfitt said.

"I am pleased to see the University's talented and dedicated staff are already recognised nationally for their innovative approaches to teaching and learning support and I intend to build on this," he said.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.