Professor Barney Glover

Chair, Universities Australia
Address to the National Press Club
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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Professor Barney Glover, Chair of Universities Australia and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney (UWS), is a distinguished academic leader, an accomplished mathematician and mathematics educator and an experienced Vice-Chancellor.

Elected Chair of Universities Australia in May this year, Professor Glover is leading UWS as the institution strives to become a distinctively student-centred university with a research-led culture and an expanding international reach and reputation, while enhancing its crucial role as a leading advocate for the greater western Sydney region and its people.

In May 2015, Professor Glover was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor by Charles Darwin University (CDU), in recognition of his outstanding leadership during his tenure as Vice-Chancellor of CDU. Professor Glover’s Ministerial appointment as the Australian Government representative on the University of the South Pacific Grants Committee; Board memberships of: the Museum of Applied Arts and Science Trust; NSW International Education Advisory Board; the Australian American Fulbright Commission; and The Committee for Sydney are a testament to his esteemed career to date. This includes significant expertise and experience at the most senior levels of university management and substantial business leadership credentials. He has also been on the boards of a range of corporate organisations and several state and national centres covering areas such as health and medical research, energy, mineral exploration, and telecommunications.

Before relocating to the Northern Territory in 2009 to take up appointment as the Vice-Chancellor of CDU, Professor Glover held a number of senior roles in various universities including: Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research at the University of Newcastle; Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Development at Perth’s Curtin University of Technology and a number of senior positions at the University of Ballarat in Victoria. Building research infrastructure, strategic partnerships and fostering a culture of research excellence alongside the successful commercialisation of University Intellectual Property have been hallmarks of Professor Glover’s long tenure in senior executive roles within the Australian higher education sector.

Professor Glover is a leader in the development of flexible, technology-based learning and in furthering Indigenous knowledge and education and also has considerable experience in developing strong and mutually beneficial relationships with the vocational education sector. He has a strong research publication record and has co-authored four texts in mathematics education. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a deep commitment to widening participation and exploring innovative approaches to higher education access. Professor Glover holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics and has worked on both the east and west coasts of Australia.