Penrith campus Provost

A message from Professor Kevin Dunn, Provost, Penrith campus

Welcome to Penrith campus - The University's second largest campus, both by numbers of students and staff (approximately 8,850 students and 1150 staff), and area (192 hectares spanning 3 sites: Kingswood, Werrington South and Werrington North).

The campus is a few kilometres east of Penrith adjacent to the Great Western Highway and in close proximity to the M4 as well as train stations at Kingswood and Werrington. The city of Penrith is home to 190,000 people and sits at the foothills of the magnificent Blue Mountains World Heritage site on the Nepean River. The city is quickly growing a reputation as an adventure capital, with Penrith Lakes, the Regatta Centre and Whitewater Rafting facilities to the North, Penrith Panthers complex (including indoor skydiving) to the south, and adventure tourism in the Blue Mountains (rock climbing, abseiling, canyoning, mountain biking, hiking and bushwalking) to the west.

I love this area and, having gone to high school less than 2 km away from my office, I know the area very well. It is a great privilege to be Campus Provost. As Provost, I have responsibility for campus life, community relations and specific issues relating to the Penrith campus. I chair a Campus Life Committee consisting of representatives from student, academic and professional staff bodies, host events on campus for staff and student (e.g. the end of year functions, staff recognition awards, etc.) and oversee the Campus Life Grants program to support events on the campus such as our lunchtime music concert series, sustainability fair, and a variety of pop-up events. If you have an idea, that requires modest support, I would love to hear from you.

If you're new to campus, spend some time discovering its offerings. Considerable investment is underway to further develop the campus (for instance the new library and College facilities at Kingswood and the Werrington Park Corporate Centre at Werrington South). The campus is blessed with its views and wildlife (check out the mob of kangaroos on Werrington North, and while you are there go see the largest on-campus observatory in Australia and the art gallery in AD building). Cross the footbridge and you come to the Werrington South site where our TVS TV studio is located. At Kingswood you'll find the majority of students and facilities. Starting at the north end you'll find the Playhouse performance space (check out the free Art of Sound concerts on Thursday lunchtime during semester), the tennis and basketball courts along with the sports fields. As you head south you'll come to the Connect Fitness Centre, the Swamp Bar and eateries in Building K. Continuing on you'll walk past and through some of our innovative learning spaces, such as the learning commons, the collaborative computer lab and learning space, and the Academy learning space in Building P. If you get a chance, take a look at the Wonderama lab in Building Y and the Solar car and rapid prototyping facilities in Building Z. At the Southern end of Kingswood campus is Village, our modern student residences.