New appointment to strengthen School’s Indigenous engagement

Western Sydney University is pleased to welcome criminology researcher and Tharawal and Yorta Yorta woman, Robyn Oxley to the School of Social Sciences, bringing with her outstanding contributions to Indigenous research, criminal justice and engagement efforts.

With a background in Aboriginal affairs within the criminal justice system and self-determination, Ms Oxley will lecture in social sciences, policing and criminology. As one of the few Indigenous criminologists in Australia, Ms Oxley hopes more Indigenous people will explore this career path.

“I am proud to be part of a University that prioritises Indigenous education and understanding. I am looking forward to engaging with local Aboriginal organisations to bring Aboriginal knowledge into the classrooms at Western Sydney University,” said Ms Oxley.

Professor Michelle Trudgett, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, Strategy and Consultation noted Ms Oxley’s deep understanding of the criminal justice system would benefit the growing discipline.

“As an emerging criminologist, Ms Oxley will provide outstanding contributions. I am incredibly excited that she has joined the team at the University and look forward to working with her in the future," said Professor Trudgett.

Notably, the School has achieved three percent parity of total Indigenous students enrolled, and is working to support a new University-wide Indigenous Strategy to foster Indigenous employment, education, research and engagement.

Associate Dean of Indigenous Education at the School of Social Sciences, Corrinne Sullivan, said the School is a sector-leader in the Indigenous education space.

“I am pleased with the progress we are making in regard to Indigenous employment and education. Our recent appointments will ensure that as a School, and as a University, we can continue to build an environment that encourages Indigenous success,” said Ms Sullivan.


28 May 2020

Ali Sardyga, Media Officer