University of Newcastle reappoints Chancellor Mr Paul Jeans

Monday, 10 October 2016


The University of Newcastle (UON) today announced its Chancellor, Mr Paul Jeans, has been reappointed for a second four-year term to 30 June 2021.

Paul Jeans

Under his stewardship since 1 July 2013, UON has cemented its identity as a world-class institution and one of the country’s top-ranked research-intensive universities.

This year UON was also recognised as one of the top 250 global universities in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking and QS World University Rankings.

Mr Jeans' reappointment is an important continuation of UON’s leadership, building on the momentum developed during recent years and providing stability and focus to achieve the outcomes of its decadal NeW Futures strategic plan.

As a fourth generation Novocastrian, the Chancellor said he was both honoured and humbled by the reappointment.

“The University of Newcastle is pivotal to the future prosperity of our regions. I see it as a great privilege to lead the University’s Council and to have the opportunity to maximise the University’s contribution to improving equity and excellence for our students and creating a more prosperous future for all through the generation and application of leading research and innovation,” Mr Jeans said.

Throughout his Chancellorship to date, Mr Jeans has steered UON to respond and adapt to a dynamic education sector, set against an external economic, political and social landscape, where technology, innovation and entrepreneurialism will play a key role in the future growth and success of universities globally.

“We remain focused on supporting students from a range of backgrounds to achieve a university education and thrive in their chosen field of study, and we will continue to focus outwardly to grow our local and international industry collaboration and reputation for producing excellent, work-ready graduates.“

“Having just celebrated our 50th birthday last year, I am very much looking forward to continuing to work with our very strong and capable University Council to support the University’s executive management and staff to steer the University on a course that will see this excellent institution continue to prosper in this exciting time for our regions and globally,” Mr Jeans said.

Mr Jeans’ new term will officially commence on 1 July 2017.