UWS appoints new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development)

Scott Holmes 

The University of Western Sydney's national and international research reputation is set to go from strength to strength with the appointment of Professor Scott Holmes as the University's new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development).

An internationally recognised business management and health economics expert, and experienced researcher and academic leader, Professor Holmes joins UWS from the University of Newcastle.

Over the past 17 years, he has held various senior leadership roles at Newcastle, including Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Foundation Dean of Graduate Studies, Head of the Graduate School of Business, and Professor of Public Policy.

He is also an Honorary Professor with the University of Queensland's Business School.
Professor Holmes will formally commence at UWS in early March 2014, upon the retirement of current Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Andrew Cheetham.

"UWS impresses me as a university with great energy and purpose, and one that is conducting world-class research that is clearly having an impact on the local, national and international stage," says Professor Holmes.

"I am pleased and honoured to be taking up this exciting and challenging new role, and I look forward to working together with the UWS research community to continue to build the University's reputation for research excellence and innovation."

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Barney Glover, says he is pleased to have Professor Holmes join the UWS senior management team.

He says the role of DVC (Research and Development) is a pivotal one at any university, particularly as UWS embarks on its next intensive growth phase in research and research training activity.

"Professor Holmes brings a great wealth of experience to the role, particularly developing partnerships with business, industry, and other organisations, and his leadership in this area will be of great benefit to UWS," says Professor Glover.

"I know he will be warmly welcomed to the University, and he will continue the great work of Professor Cheetham, who has established a strong research profile at UWS, exemplified by recent Australian Research Council grant results and Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) outcomes.

"I look forward to working closely with Professor Holmes as the University advances its research agenda, and continues to produce research results that have a direct and meaningful impact on the lives of people in Greater Western Sydney and beyond."

About Professor Scott Holmes

  • A graduate of the University of Newcastle and the Australian National University, where he obtained his PhD in economics and commerce, Professor Holmes brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) at UWS.
  • A noted researcher, Professor Holmes has received research funding from the Australian Research Council and other competitive grants for various research projects.
  • Professor Holmes has also been a senior advisor to state and federal governments, and to a number of private and public entities. He has published six books and over 50 refereed academic articles, and has served on numerous academic editorial boards.
  • He has been the President of the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (where he is also a Life Member) and a Board member of the International Council of Small Business.
  • In 2006 Professor Holmes was the recipient of the Business Higher Education Roundtable (BHERT) Award as Entrepreneurial Academic of the Year and in 2012 received a Research Innovation Award for his work with NSW Health.

About UWS

UWS is a vibrant, modern, outer-metropolitan university, located in one of the fastest growing regions in Australia – Greater Western Sydney, home to over 2 million people. It has one of the most comprehensive academic programs in the country.

It has campuses in Penrith, Bankstown, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Parramatta and Blacktown, and a new campus in Lithgow.

UWS currently has over 41,000 students. 

Over 60 per cent of commencing domestic students are the first in their families to attend university.

75 per cent of domestic students are from Greater Western Sydney.

32 per cent are over 25 years of age.

UWS has the largest number of students from lower socio-economic backgrounds of any university in Australia – over 9000 students in 2013, across its campuses – which equates to 24 per cent of its total domestic student enrolments.

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