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Professor Brigid Heywood

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Occupation: Board & Committees

Member Representative Director


Professor Brigid Heywood is a Member Representative on SSE's Board of Directors.  She is the Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the University of New England.

Brigid career spans several countries. From leadership positions in regional and online universities in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia, Prof. Heywood has successfully driven advances in academic excellence, research performance and engagement through innovation knowledge transfer. 

She joined UNE from the University of Tasmania, where she was Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research). During her time in this role, UTas's research income lifted above $100 million for the first time, and its success rate with government research funder and support from industry were all improved significantly.

Before joining UTas in 2015, Prof. Heywood was at New Zealand's Massey University, initially as Assistant Vice Chancellor – Research and Enterprise (2011–13), then Assistant Vice Chancellor – Research, Academic and Enterprise (2013–15). In these roles she was responsible for strategic development of the university's research and enterprise agenda, and for academic advancement of teaching and learning, curriculum development, quality assurance and student support.