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A new Vice-Chancellor and President for QUT

Queensland University of Technology

QUT is an ambitious institution and seeks to equip our approximately 50,000 students and our graduates with the skills they will need in an increasingly disrupted world. Our courses are in high demand and our graduates include eight Rhodes Scholars, five in the past seven years, and our academic staff are consistently recognised in national teaching awards.

QUT's community is passionate, loyal and proud, and
a strong sense of social justice is embedded in our DNA.


An opportunity to take QUT to a new level of ambition.

QUT Chancellor, Tim Fairfax

I welcome your interest in the position of Vice-Chancellor. This is an opportunity to lead one of the foremost young universities in the world.

This opportunity comes as our current Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake AO prepares to leave QUT at the end of 2017 after 15 years of distinguished service.

QUT enjoys a global standing, has a 'real-world' focus and is one of Australia's fastest growing research universities. I believe our success has been achieved as a result of an ambitious agenda and a highly strategic approach which is reflected in our rising international rankings.

What distinguishes us is a collaborative, transdisciplinary outlook and an outstanding track record in external partnerships. QUT is known for its innovation and excellence in learning and teaching, and for delivering high-quality experiences for our students.

With an enviable culture, QUT's community is passionate, loyal and proud, and we have a strong sense of social justice embedded in our DNA. Undaunted by the challenges presented by a disrupted world, we embrace the part we are playing in addressing global issues.

We now seek an ambitious, entrepreneurial and inspirational leader to take our institution even further. While the University is financially robust, it will be incumbent on the right candidate to broaden our income base, and build upon our solid philanthropic foundation.

We are looking for a spirited champion of change who will work inclusively with our colleagues, partners and stakeholders to create, articulate and demonstrate a new vision for QUT.

Tim Fairfax AC
Chair, QUT Council

Our University

Our University

our University

Strong links with industry
and Government

Based in Brisbane, QUT has three campuses: at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove in the inner city, and at Caboolture north of the city. Staff and students work and study in technology-rich, world-class precincts. The international award-winning Science and Engineering Centre at Gardens Point showcases The Cube, one of the world's largest digital interactive learning and display spaces, and headquarters of the Institute for Future Environments.

At Kelvin Grove, our Creative Industries Precinct underwent a major expansion in 2016, providing outstanding digital and studio facilities as well as virtual and augmented reality research capabilities. A new Education Precinct will be launched in 2018.

The flagship Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, also at Kelvin Grove, is a technologically advanced, multidisciplinary facility for hundreds of QUT researchers working together to solve real-world health problems. QUT is renowned for its strong links to, and collaboration with, industry and government, and the high impact of our research.

The internationally collaborative ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision is based at QUT, and QUT is also a key participant in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers, Translational Research Institute and QIMR Berghofer.

We have an international focus both corporately and through our research, and our entrepreneurial culture has seen us attract a Johnson & Johnson Innovation Partnering Office to our University.

Further information about QUT

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QUT Structure

Our organisational structure defines the University's activities, and how they are directed toward the achievement of our organisational aims.

QUT Structure

QUT Organisational Structure

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our strategy

Our Strategy

Our Vision

QUT aspires to provide outstanding real world education through physical and virtual learning environments and innovative courses that lead to excellent outcomes for graduates living in a diverse and complex environment characterised by rapid, transformative change.

Our real world research priorities focus on being a globally leading university that delivers solutions to the challenges of today and of the future through high impact, transdisciplinary research in partnership with end users, leveraging our deep technological strengths and aligned to human capital and innovation needs of the economy.

Reflecting our academic ambitions and our civic responsibilities, QUT will strengthen and extend its partnerships with professional and broader communities with the aim of continuing to build our reputation as a home for knowledge applicable to the real world.

Our Strategy

Our strategic goals

Enable QUT to take its place among great universities in the world.


To be bold and drive transformative change, enabling QUT to take its place among the great universities in the world and its graduates to be recognised for the quality of their education, skills and contributions to industry, government and the broader community.


To enhance QUT's reputation internationally as a 'university for the real world', facilitate engagement and connectivity with practising professionals and select partners at the local, national and international levels, and affirm our commitment to making a difference to human endeavours and the global economy.


To ensure QUT has a strong performing workforce that achieves exceptional results as well as an agile culture among students, staff and alumni as agents of change and drivers of economic and social activity and growth.


To be inspired and shaped by talented students and staff from diverse communities, and to further build QUT's proud sense of inclusion and engagement with the wider community.


To establish a visible whole of organisational approach to innovation and entrepreneurship, and highlight QUT's commitment to leading real world futures.

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Our principles

focus on quality
To focus on quality

We focus on quality, celebrate high levels of scholarship, ambition and achievement, and seek out opportunities to find and share new knowledge.

We foster a culture of community
To foster a culture of community

We capitalise on the good will of the University community and our mutual support and respect for each other, ensuring that it is sustained during transformative change, as well as promoting social justice and equal opportunity in education, employment and research, with a particular emphasis on strategies which support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to achieve excellent educational outcomes.

real world problems
To solve real world problems

We seek solutions to real world problems through transdisciplinary education and research programs in collaboration with industry.

cultivate organisational agility
To cultivate organisational agility

We cultivate organisational agility to rapidly transform, renew and adapt to global changes and to seek out new opportunities and remain at the forefront of developments.

cultivate organisational agility
To use resources effectively and improve services

We seek out new ways to improve our products and services by efficiently utilising our resources and integrating environmental sustainability to address challenges and meet the needs of students and staff, as well as sustaining our strong commitment to client service and our sense of pride in the University and its activities.

optimise opportunity
To optimise opportunities provided by technology

We ensure that technology pervades aspects of the University's education and research agendas, leveraging and optimising opportunities provided by digital technologies.

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Infrastructure Developments

QUT continues to expand its presence with
dedicated hubs of academic pursuit.

at a glance

At a glance.

Who are our students?
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QUT Accreditation

QUT has consistently risen in almost all international higher education rankings.

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Employability rating
Top 1% worldwide

Our courses are in high demand and our graduates include eight Rhodes Scholars, five in the past seven years.

2016 Rhodes Scholar

Queensland's 2016 Rhodes Scholar, Ms Harriet Horsfall

2015 Rhodes Scholar

Queensland's 2015 Rhodes Scholar,
and Oxford D.Phil Candidate, QUT's Brody Foy


Enrolments in 2017

QUT continued in 2017 to report a strong result for the quality of its undergraduate intake, with more than 52 per cent of OP 1–15 students who accepted an offer having an OP of 1–6.

As at March 2017

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The number of undergraduate students who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has increased to 1.89 per cent of domestic undergraduate students in 2017 compared to 1.83 per cent in 2016. In 2015 and 2016, QUT's percentage was above the higher education sector average.

International student breakdown

International enrolments

Breakdown of international students enrolled for 2016.

Learning potential fund

Educational opportunity for all

QUT's Learning Potential Fund is the nation's largest scholarship scheme for financially disadvantaged students and has provided more than 15200 scholarships to students since its inception in 1998.

For 2016 QUT's philanthropy income was $5.4 million. In addition, QUT received $15.8 million worth of grants from businesses, non-profit organisations or community partners to support research.

The philanthropic goal of the Learning Potential Fund has been increased to $100 million by 2019. The endowment fund sat at $44.49 million at the end of 2016. In 2016, 666 staff signalled their commitment to giving back to QUT, with 16.7 per cent (higher than the industry benchmark) contributing regularly through payroll.

2015 Alumnus of the Year

2015 Alumnus of the Year Dr Abigail Allwood, NASA astrobiologist and Mars 2020 Mission co-leader

Real-world teaching and learning

Real-world Teaching and Learning

Real world learning is a defining feature of the QUT experience; it takes a number of different forms, including authentic learning, international and cross-cultural experiences, and engagement of practitioners in teaching.

Teaching and Learning

Real World Learning
2020 Vision

Our Real World Learning 2020 Vision outlines our clear aspirations for our graduates and learner experiences, consistent with our distinctive identity as a university for the real world.

Recent highlights include:

The 2017 Good Universities Guide gave QUT five-star ratings for 'Staff Qualifications', 'Learning Resources', and 'Skills Development', placing the University in the top 20 per cent of institutions. International reaccreditations for the QUT Business School: European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) EFMD and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

QUT Business School was the only Australian business school featured in the 2016 Masters in Finance (Pre-experience) global rankings issued by the Financial Times
We have more than 250 Fellows of the United Kingdom's Higher Education Academy and 12 Principal Fellows which places the University in the top five institutions worldwide

Our staff were recognised nationally in 2016 with three awards and five citations in the Australian Awards for University Teaching

QUT received three awards for two projects in the prestigious global Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education competition

In the 2017 New Colombo Plan scholarship round, QUT was awarded more scholarships than any other Australian university

We provided 1611 international student mobility experiences in 2015

Our graduate employment rate is in the top 75 per cent.


Patrick Gorenac

Marketing and management student

"QUT was immediately attractive as it was the first Australian business school to gain triple accreditation, so I knew my education would be in capable hands."

Aysha Moulton

Aysha Moulton

Entertainment industries and accounting student

"I chose to study at QUT because I want to be a producer and create stories. My degree includes work placements, internships and real-world projects, so I will have industry experience and networks when I graduate."

Professor Abby Cathcart

Professor Abby Cathcart

The recipient of three national Australian Learning and
Teaching council awards Abby Cathcart is Professor of
Work and Organisation in the QUT Business School.

"Working at a university that truly values scholarly teaching as well as high impact research has deepened my sense of belonging to a global academic community."

Professor Dann Mallet

Professor Dann Mallet

A recipient of an Award for Teaching Excellence in Australian Awards for University Teaching and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

"My aim is to help students to actively do mathematics rather than simply learn it. Maths is not about learning facts and formulae; it is something you do - by applying understanding and logic to achieve a solution."

World-class research

World-class research

QUT aspires to be a globally leading university delivering solutions to the challenges of today and of the future.

QUT research

We have built significant research capability and established ourselves as a leading young university internationally.

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Research for the real world

Our high-impact research, undertaken frequently in partnership with industry and government, spans discipline boundaries and leverages our deep technological strengths to find solutions to societal problems and address the innovation needs of a global economy.

Professor Matt Brown

QUT's research strengths and priorities

  • Biomedical engineering and health technologies
  • Biomolecular science
  • Chronic disease interventions
  • Creating and capturing value from new technology
  • Data science, computational modelling and simulation science
  • Digital media
  • Education for better outcomes
  • Health systems
  • Injury prevention and management
  • Materials science
  • Plant biotechnology
  • Robotics and computer vision
  • Technology, regulation and society

"QUT's real world philosophy has enabled my group to work to use modern genomics capabilities both for research to develop future treatments, and right now to benefit patients with heritable diseases and cancers"

Professor Matt Brown
Director of Genomics

research excellence

Excellence in Research for Australia 2015

QUT has achieved a ranking of world standard in 100 per cent of its research assessed under the Australian Government's Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) research quality framework.

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Our infrastructure and research partnerships

In 2017 QUT partnered with MIT and the Queensland Government to host Australia's first MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp.

We have attracted a Johnson and Johnson Innovation Partnering Office to our Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation and we have established the Foundry, an entrepreneurship hub for students, staff and alumni within our Science and Engineering Centre.

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QUT infrastructure projects

Over the past decade, QUT and its supporters have invested more than half a billion dollars to build new infrastructure for its research, and learning and teaching environments.

Our significant research partnerships and infrastructure include:

  • A$354 million Translational Research Institute (TRI) located at Princess Alexandra Hospital as a joint venture between QUT, the University of Queensland (UQ) Diamantina Institute, the Mater Medical Research Institute and the Princess Alexandra's Centres for Health Research.
  • A$230 million Science and Engineering Centre at QUT, including a A$15 million Central Analytical Research Facility.
  • A$134 million Centre for Children's Health Research, adjacent to the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital Precinct in South Brisbane, is the result of a partnership between Queensland Health and QUT, UQ, the Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute and TRI.
  • Medical Engineering Research Facility located at the Prince Charles Hospital offers pre-clinical services, and anatomical and surgical training facilities.
  • Herston Imaging Research Facility at the Royal Brisbane Hospital Precinct, a partnership between QUT, UQ, the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and QIMR Berghofer, with Siemens involved as the industry supporter.
  • Mackay Renewable Biocommodities Pilot Plant offers pilot-scale research and development infrastructure for the conversion of biomass into renewable fuels and high-value biocommodities.

Right: Distinguished Professor James Dale AO at QUT's Renewable Biocommodities Pilot Plant in Mackay

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Major Research Centres

The internationally collaborative Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision is headquartered at QUT.

QUT is a key participant in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers.

QUT has established an ARC Training Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing.

QUT leads two National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centres of Research Excellence in:

  • End-of-life care
  • Reducing healthcare associated infection.

We also lead, or are a partner in, major research initiatives with end user and external stakeholders including:

  • Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation
  • Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre – Queensland
  • Dementia Collaborative Research Centre.

QUT is involved in 14 Commonwealth-funded cooperative research centres (CRCs): Autism; Auto; Bushfire and Natural Hazards; Capital Markets; Cell therapy Manufacturing; Defence Materials Technology Centre; Lowitja Institute; Optimising Resource Extraction; Plant Biosecurity; Polymers; Rail Manufacturing; spatial Information; Wound Management Innovation and Young and Well.

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Our global outreach

Our national and international research alliances include:

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation project, led by Distinguished Professor James Dale, focused on developing bio-fortified bananas for East Africa
  • Australia-China Centre for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Australia China Centre for Public Health
  • Integrated technologies for economically sustainable bio-based energy project, funded by the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund
  • World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Air Quality and Health.
  • QUT is a member of the Australian Technology Network (ATN) of universities.
Times Higher Education Young Universities Summit

In 2017 QUT hosted the Times Higher Education Young Universities Summit, first time the event was held in the Southern Hemisphere.

Future thinkers

Future Thinkers

QUT continues to attract talented researchers and academics to our high-performing workforce. We are proud of the achievements of our staff and are a world leader in discovery in our particular areas of endeavour. 

The German-engineered scanning probe microscope is aiding research in QUT's Central Analytical Research Facility. 

Some of our future thinkers



Every two years, QUT hosts the international robotics festival Robotronica at our Gardens Point campus. The one-day event attracts 20000+ people, from families through to young people curious about latest technologies.

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Welcome to your new home

Brisbane is as a progressive and globally connected city. As Australia's third largest capital, it is vibrant, entrepreneurial and modern. It boasts a developing music and cafe culture and a rich and diverse cultural style.

Where is QUT?

QUT Gardens Point centrally located in the heart of Brisbane

People are friendly and enjoy an outdoor life in a subtropical climate, in which leafy parks border a meandering river. The city offers a calendar of internationally acclaimed arts, cultural and sporting events, fine dining as well as a contemporary art and gallery scene. The city is also serviced by a high-quality network of both public and private primary and secondary schools.

Brisbane is within reach of beautiful national parks, hundreds of kilometres of golden beaches and tropical rainforests.

Just an hour south of Brisbane is the famous Gold Coast with beaches, amusement parks, and shopping, while the beautiful, quiet beaches of the Sunshine Coast lay just another hour and a half north of the city, and the Great Barrier Reef a short flight away. 

Our Gardens Point campus is located at the gateway to Brisbane's CBD, alongside two city bridges that span the Brisbane River and the lush City Botanical Gardens. Our Kelvin Grove campus is sited in a thriving, inner-city urban village, which integrates our campus with the community.

About the position

About the position

Significant achievements

QUT has made significant achievements in its relatively short life as a University. As Vice-Chancellor, you will be responsible for leading the strategic direction of the University as currently outlined in the University's Blueprint, and take it to the next level. 

There is an opportunity for you to make your mark on our future. The role reports to the Chancellor and is responsible to the University Council.

Key responsibilities

  • Create, articulate and deliver the vision of QUT and build upon the current momentum and achievement to take a step change in the University's achievements.
  • Connect with the QUT community to inspire and build engagement and commitment to the strategic direction and ambitions.
  • Connect with stakeholders and staff, and take them with you to achieve the vision.
  • Strengthen and extend high-impact research excellence at the highest international standard.
  • Provide outstanding learning environments and programs that lead to the best possible student experience and excellent outcomes for graduates.
Leadership of strategy, action and people

Lead an agile and entrepreneurial culture that attracts the highest quality staff and engenders the highest standards of performance, behaviour and outcomes.

Build upon the University's distinctive positioning in the higher education sector to reinforce and strengthen our performance.

Work with, and maintain the confidence of, the Chancellor and University Council to ensure the highest standards of management, governance, financial probity and scholarship are maintained.

Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to social justice in the higher education sector, and an inclusive and collegiate approach.

Maximise and broaden the revenue for the University through national and international student enrolments, commercial research and competitive grant programs, philanthropic investment, industry partnerships, and government grant funding.

Maximise and broaden the revenue for the University through national and international student enrolments, commercial research and competitive grant programs, philanthropic investment, industry partnerships, and government grant funding.

Connectivity and collaboration

Continue to build positive engagement of the University locally, nationally and internationally, and actively represent and influence development of state and Commonwealth higher education policy.

Initiate, develop and support strategic collaborative and co-operative ventures with other educational institutions, industry partners and government and non-government agencies.

Initiate, develop and support strategic collaborative and co-operative ventures with other educational institutions, industry partners and government and non-government agencies.

Continue to build the QUT profile and brand by strengthening the standing of the University as a leading world class institution operating on an international scale.

Advocate for the University, and influence and shape opinion on higher education and related public policy issues.

Selection criteria

Selection criteria

You will have a record of achievement at the executive level, a strong cultural fit, with the personal and professional qualities to lead a major university.

Create, articulate and deliver our vision
  1. An entrepreneurial spirit and exceptional ability to develop an ambitious vision that builds on the University's success and translate that vision into action and real world results.
  2. Demonstrated engagement with the challenges and opportunities in the global environment for higher education, and a commitment to the higher education sector.
  3. A distinguished academic career and/or the professional/business standing required to lead a world class university.
  4. Exceptional capability to represent and build relationships and partnerships nationally and internationally with government, industry, community, research and higher education institutions, philanthropic community, alumni and the media.
  5. Leadership and Strategy
  6. Exceptional leadership including success in leading organisational innovation and transformation, driving operational excellence, and creating a highly engaged and agile workforce.
  7. Proven commercial acumen and strong governance to achieve growth, success and sustainability.
  8. An ability to build on the existing culture of the University to preserve the passion, loyalty and pride of the staff.
  9. Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative and transdisciplinary environment with a focus on solving real world problems.
  10. Personal Qualities
  11. Exemplary personal qualities and behaviour including integrity and ethics, cultural inclusion, collegiality, and a commitment to social justice and wellness.
  12. Outstanding interpersonal, communication, influencing and negotiation skills with both internal and external stakeholders.
  13. Type of appointment

    This appointment will be offered on a fixed-term, full-time basis for five years. Any extension to the term is at the discretion of the Council. 

    Remuneration and Benefits

    An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

    Further benefits can be found at the Working at QUT page.

    How to Apply

    A global executive search is being undertaken by Perrett Laver on behalf of the University for this appointment. For a confidential conversation please contact Libby Hackett on +61 (0)2 8354 4000 or email QUT@perrettlaver.com

    Applications may also be submitted via the Perrett Laver website at https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference 3086.

    Closing date of applications: 5 July 2017
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