Transformation Program

Transformation Program

In December 2021 the Board of Trustees approved the Transformation Program, comprising of four initial strategic initiative areas, with a fifth area integrated in early 2022:

The Transformation Program will create a more digitally enabled University with the capability to provide students with a richly interactive and personalised learning experience whoever they are and wherever they are located.

Seamlessly integrated technology systems and advanced data analytics will allow the opportunity for staff to engage with tools to innovate in education and research and create sustainable solutions to the challenges facing the communities of Western Sydney and the world.

Building on our history and continued commitment to connecting with our communities, we will respond to changes in the industries and businesses of Western Sydney to deliver impact for them through research commercialisation, support for new ventures and industry-led educational programs.

Staff and students will have the opportunity to share thoughts and feedback as we progress on this exciting stage in the University’s growth.

Postgraduate Curriculum Transformation (PGX)

The Postgraduate Curriculum Transformation strategic initiative will create micro and macro credentials co-created with industry which will lead into more traditional qualifications. These credentials will focus on up-skilling and re-skilling the workforce and be delivered through an online portal. The new educational model will share knowledge and support engagement and learning with a series of innovative technologies that position the University as highly differentiated and sector leading.

Key Staff

  • Professor Simon Barrie, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
  • Dr Nicolene Murdoch, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Educational Partnerships and Quality)
  • Cherie Diaz, Executive Director, Education Innovation
  • Iona Reid, Education Program Manager
  • Peter Nadin, Senior Project Officer

Transnational Education (TNE)

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The Transnational Education strategic initiative will develop a portfolio of TNE partnerships in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and UK/Europe to build a competitive position by delivering courses that address the skills gaps in each market, responding to government and industry priorities; engage industry from the outset through in-market Industry Advisory Group and industry partnerships for co-developed curriculum; leverage the skills, curriculum and digital innovation and TNE experience of the University; and diversify markets to generate revenue, manage risk and enhance reputation.

Key Staff

  • Professor Deborah Sweeney, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Enterprise and International) 
  • Professor Linda Taylor, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International)
  • Professor Mike Kagioglou, Dean, Engineering, Design and Built Environment (UK/Europe lead)

Innovation Futures (IF)

The Innovation Futures strategic initiative will support the evolution of priority industries and address significant social challenges through innovation, and translation of our research for commercial outcomes.  The program will develop a sector-leading commercialisation development program for researchers, and our partners, with seeding investments that progress projects through translation to impact.  It will also enhance the innovation and entrepreneurship skills of Western’s students and our industry network through targeted training and experience.

Key Staff

  • Professor Deborah Sweeney, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Enterprise and International) 
  • Mr Don Wright, Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship 
  • Mr Tim Horan, Senior Manager Strategic Partnerships & Growth

Digital Acceleration (DX)

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The Digital Acceleration strategic initiative will respond to the broader challenges and opportunities presented through technology and digital capabilities. Accelerating digital transformation at Western in a collaborative manner will significantly enhance the experience for students and staff, enable other strategic initiatives and develop market differentiation through leading-edge technologies.

In our future digitally sophisticated environment, students will access the right learning experiences at the right time to accomplish their goals through flexible academic pathways; educators will have the tools to build contemporary curriculum which responds to emergent opportunities, and the capability to adapt & integrate technology into their practice; students will be understood as individuals with unique interests and goals, and feel welcomed and connected; researchers will spend more time focused on outputs, and less time managing digital inputs; and tasks can be completed quickly and easily anywhere and at any time.

Key Staff

  • Mr Peter Pickering, Vice-President (Finance and Resources) 

Destination College (DC)

The Destination College strategic initiative aims to position WSU Enterprises at the forefront of innovation and change by re-defining the role of The College as a pathway provider in and beyond Western Sydney, as well as aiming to bridge the gap between university and VET (Vocational Education and Training). This initiative has two key focus areas: Flexible Pathways (FP) and Skilling Western Sydney (SWS). 

Through the FP project, The College will be reimagined as a place students choose to study, where they are connected with multiple opportunities, with a focus on choice, accessibility, and support. 

The SWS project will bridge the gap between university and VET, create meaningful connections with a diverse group of students through the delivery of traineeships, VET pathways to university, and VET to employment programs.

Key Staff

  • Anthony Mitri, Acting Chief Executive Officer, The College
  • Joel Walker, Executive Director, Strategy and Planning
  • Rehmana Khan, Senior Project Manager

Program Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions

The Transformation Program will return significant benefit to the University over the lifetime of the Program, and beyond.

  • Most importantly, it will create competitive advantage for the University to move into new and emerging markets within Australia and overseas.

  • The Transformation Program will enable Western to advance significantly in innovation in educational, the use of technology, research translation and partnership with business and industry. These advances will provide benefit beyond the specific project areas. Most notably, the intersection of focus on industry engagement, innovation thinking, and digital acceleration will create an uplift across all our education programs, including our undergraduate programs and the broader student and staff experience.

  • The projects will generate a culture of innovation, one adapted to exponential technological change. 

  • They will enhance our institutional reputation for industry and community engagement. 

  • They will create a positive shift in reputation and rankings within Western Sydney, Australia and globally.
  • The Transformation Program Steering Committee is chaired by the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor. It will provide strategic leadership and governance to the overarching program. This governance layer will ensure effective coordination of the interdependencies between various initiatives. The Steering Committee will report to the Board of Trustees and the Standing Committees of the Board on a regular basis.

  • Strategic Initiative Boards have been established for each of the Initiatives. Chaired by the Executive Sponsor of the initiative, the Strategic Initiative Boards will provide leadership and governance to projects under each stream. This governance will support delivery and maximises benefits as established by the business case, by providing leadership, oversight, guidance, and decision-making support to the projects.

  • Project Specific Working Groups, chaired by the identified sponsor, will be tailored to the nature of the project. The objective of this group is to facilitate project execution.

Our foundation industry partner has identified key market opportunities within the business and health disciplines as the first tranche of development.

An Expression of Interest (EOI) process will be established. The PGx website is under development and will contain all information needed. 

The Board of Trustees have approved this program for 5 years.  They have approved funding for 3 years, with the option to fund a further 2 years.

Seeing as the Program streams will be running for 3-5 years, each are on slightly different schedules with various milestones. Substantial work commenced from early 2022 to kick off the initiatives, with pilot deliverables being ready for some streams as early as late 2022. 

Get in touch to learn more.

Staff and students will have opportunities to provide input and collaborate on different activities within these streams. Contact the key staff for the initiative you are interested in to see how you can get involved. 

If you are unsure who to contact or would like broader information or assistance, get in touch with the Program Team via our Feedback Form or by emailing

Several project-related roles will be advertised during the course of this program. Please keep checking the Jobs webpage for vacancies.

Each stream of the Transformation Program has a Strategic Initiative Board. Membership of each Board can be accessed via the key staff involved in the Strategic Initiative listed above.

Holistically, the Program governance also includes a Senior Program Manager, Dr Kay Visser, and Senior Project Coordinator, Rachel Torres. You can reach the Program Team at

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