Published: 7th December 2021
I am thrilled to be coming back to WA to lead a university so well-positioned to thrive in this time of disruption and opportunity, a time where the need to build a sustainable global society is increasingly recognised.
Murdoch University has a global reputation for its research, teaching and learning, particularly in the areas of the environment, health and food, and with its tradition of free thinking is ideally placed to contribute to the solution of global challenges and to further promote social inclusion and equity.
I am looking forward to working with colleagues from across the academic disciplines and professional services to realise the potential that lies within the University, and to provide a student experience which defines international best practice.
My ambition is for Murdoch University to be recognised globally as a model for the 21st century university, where a diverse and inclusive environment for learning, research and scholarship enables all members of the University community to achieve their full potential, where free thinking underpins innovative and impactful contributions to the solution of global challenges, where partnership and engagement with industry, government, alumni and the wider community thrives, and which is a source of pride for everyone associated with it.
I am also delighted to have the opportunity to bring the knowledge, skills and experience I have gained from more than 12 years in leadership positions in leading UK and Irish universities back to WA, and I look forward to contributing to the advancement of Murdoch University, WA and Australia.
I am particularly excited to be part of Murdoch University’s Reconciliation Action Plan, as this is an agenda which has moved forward considerably during my time abroad.
In the meantime, I wish you all the best for the rest of this year, a safe and restful holiday period and I look forward to seeing you in the new year.
Professor Andrew J Deeks
Incoming Vice Chancellor