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Professor Denise Kirkpatrick

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Occupation: Board & Committee

Member Representative

Professor Denise Kirkpatrick has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, Academic, at Western Sydney University (WSU) since 2015. She was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) at the University of Adelaide.

A highly regarded academic and educational leader, Denise is recognised internationally for her scholarly contributions in technology enhanced learning and quality assurance in higher education. Throughout her career, Denise has developed strategies to enhance teaching and learning at many of Australia’s leading universities, as well as Open University UK.

She has led many major projects designed to invigorate the academic program and improve the student experience. Her current roles include membership of the Senior Executive Group at WSU, Chair of the University’s Academic Planning and Course Approvals Committee and involvement in launching Western Sydney University Online. Denise is a board member in Joint Venture and External Partnership Entities and was a member of SSE’s Steering Committee and Interim Board of Directors.