Brungs makes first big move as VC, chops and changes UNSW executive structure

By Harrisen Leckenby

In a significant personnel reconfiguration, Professor Merlin Crossley, who is the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Student Life, will move into the Academic quality role. Crossley’s role will now focus purely on academic matters such as the UNSW Library, UNSW Press and the Academic Quality Unit.  

In an internal email notifying staff of the changes accompanying an online post on 11 August, Brungs announced the splitting of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Student Life in two. Creating two new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) Roles: DVC Academic Quality and DVC Education and Student Experience.  

The brand new portfolio of DVC Education and Student Experience, which is currently vacant,  has been charged  with the implementing of “innovations to enhance student learning outcomes”, suggesting a focus on innovations in the classroom as opposed to the general university experience.    

The International Portfolio will be renamed ‘Global’ and be upgraded to a Deputy Vice-Chancellor Role reporting directly to Brungs. It was previously a Pro Vice-Chancellor position (PVC) reporting  to a Deputy Vice-Chancellor.  

With the re-opening of international borders, the changes open the door to the reestablishment of UNSW’s international connections. The DVC or Vice President Global position will “establish new, and develop existing, international links to maximise UNSW’s contributions across the globe”. 

Recruitment from the DVC Education and Student Experience and Global role will commence shortly. 

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