Doctor Rachel Bentley

Doctor Rachel Bentley

Deputy Dean - School of Humanities & Communication Arts,
Dean's Unit, School of Humanities & Comm Arts

Communication, Creative Industries & Screen Media



I am a creative digital strategist, passionate about developing innovative content to motivate and challenge the way we communicate and learn.  Making great content to inspire student engagement requires combining creativity, technology and super charged collaboration. Because my field is a practice based discipline, I believe it is the critical reflection of the intent, process and outcome that is vital to the learning process. This is the key in creating meaningful, innovative and ethical digital content which will deliver influential learning and communication outcomes.  Working at Western Sydney University our team seeks to create new technology enabled pedagogy models to be forefront of digital innovation in education.  My experience combines deep experience in developing digital and communication strategy with extensive executive management experience. My current work at Digital Futures is in developing technology enabled, inspiring media that supports learning and research. 

I enjoy producing content that explores complex issues in a visual form across all screen and digital  platforms. 

My former roles at WSU were as Director, Rich Media (Digital Futures), Director of Academic Programs, Communication, School of Humanities and Communication Arts and as Director of the Digital Production Unit, (Office of DVC Academic. I was CEO of Television Sydney for nearly 6 years, a role that involved leadership in a complex and evolving digital media environment.   During my tenure my responsibilities have included Director of Enagement and CEO of Television Sydney 2010-2015. In 2007 I developed curriculum established the Masters in Convergent Media Course at UWS. I have all has the roles of Head of Program of Design and Contemporary Arts in the School of Communication Arts, UWS and A/g Head of School and Course Advisor, Communication Arts. Between 1997-2000I held the roles of Head of Training for the Sydney Olympic Broadcasting Organisation (SOCOG) and worked on the games coverage, recruitment and cross institutional requirement. Between 1994-1997 I held the roles of Manager of Corporate and Television training for the Special Broadcast Service (SBS). 

Areas of interest and research are participatory filmaking, media ethics, protest ar and political communication campaigns, digital and convergent media campaigns and TEL Health platforms.

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  • DCA University of Western Sydney
  • MA University of New South Wales
  • GDip University of Melbourne
  • BA Canberra CAE
  • DipEd University of Newcastle (NSW)

Professional Memberships

  • Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors (2015 - 2015)


  • Aesthetics and Politics
  • Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art Culture
  • Community Development and Social Capital
  • Convergence and New Media
  • Digital Design Production
  • Digital Humanities
  • Digital Media
  • Law and Society

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit, School of Humanities & Comm Arts
  • Communication, Creative Industries & Screen Media


Phone: (02) 9685 4680
(02) 9852 5464
Location: O.G.46
Penrith (Kingswood)BD.1.01
Penrith (Werrington South)BD.1.01
Penrith (Werrington South)

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Journal Articles

  • Keedle, H., Stulz, V., Conti, J., Bentley, R., Meade, T., Qummouh, R., Hay, P., Kaye-Smith, H., Everitt, L. and Schmied, V. (2023), 'Psychosocial interprofessional perinatal education : design and evaluation of an interprofessional learning experience to improve students' collaboration skills in perinatal mental health', Women and Birth, vol 36, no 4 , pp 379 - 387.

Conference Papers

  • Bentley, R. and Dawkins, R. (2023), 'Cajoling screen media students back on-campus - and keeping them there!', Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association. Conference, Adelaide, S.A..
  • Dawkins, R. and Bentley, R. (2019), 'Lessons from the production and implementation of VBL in a blended higher education course', Teaching and Learning Conference, Sydney, N.S.W..

Other Publications

  • 2016, 'Cutback', Published Work
  • 2014, 'Indigenous Models of Achievement', Recorded Work
  • 2014, 'Kokoda: In the Footsteps of the Brave', Recorded Work
  • 2014, 'The Why Generation', Recorded Work
  • 2014, 'Future Forum', Recorded Work
  • 2014, 'Cutback', Recorded Work
  • 2013, 'Shelf Life', Recorded Work
  • 2013, 'Models of Achievement', Recorded Work
  • 2013, 'Enquiring Minds', Recorded Work
  • 2012, 'Artexpress', Recorded Work
  • 2011, 'What Matters?', Recorded Work
  • 2011, 'Small Biz Central', Recorded Work
  • 2011, 'Science Spectrum', Recorded Work
  • 2010, 'Histrionics', Recorded Work

Current Projects

Title: Perinatal Interprofessional Psychosocial Education - Maternity Clinicians (PIPE-MC)
  • Department of Health (Cat. 1)
Western Researchers: Virginia Schmied, Virginia Stulz, Rakime Elmir, Rachel Bentley, Hazel Keedle, Rebecca O'Reilly and Holly Kaye-Smith
Years: 2021-06-11 - 2024-06-30
ID: P00026975


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Admired and despised: The western women's experiences post economic bubble in Japan
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Women on Walls ? a documentary on female street artists
Field of Research:


Title: Production Unit
Description: Portfolio of current productions
Title: Enquiring Minds
Description: Kids Program and web site
Title: Models of Achievement
Description: Programs and web project site
Title: Recent Productions
Description: IMDB register

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