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Adel Uni appoints new Deputy Vice-Chancellor


The University of Adelaide has hired a senior Queensland University executive as Deputy Vice-Chancellor to head up a portfolio combining marketing, recruitment and external relations as it grapples with the pandemic impact of plummeting revenue and loss of international students.

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The university announced this morning that Dr Jessica Gallagher will take up the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) in November.

Gallagher is currently the University of Queensland’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship, including responsibility for domestic and international student recruitment.

Gallagher has a PhD in Comparitive Cultural Studies and is also an adjunct senior lecturer at UQ’s School of Languages and Cultures.

University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor Peter Høj – previously University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor – said Gallagher’s roles in Adelaide would include international and domestic student recruitment, alumni relations and philanthropy, and industry and government partnerships.

“Dr Gallagher is a highly skilled strategic thinker with outstanding experiences and achievements in global engagement, stakeholder management and partnerships, entrepreneurship and managing change,” he said.

“Her work and that of her teams will be critical to the future success of the University of Adelaide, creating opportunities, strengthening partnerships and generating new revenue, all with the the same goal: to support our university’s outstanding teaching and learning and our world-class research.”

Gallagher said she hoped to become “the eyes and ears for our diverse range of stakeholders, to understand their needs and expectations and build strong relationships that enable the university to enrich the communities it serves”.

“I know there are challenges ahead for the university sector but I look forward to being part of the leadership team that is dedicated to creating the best possible opportunities for the University of Adelaide, its students and staff, for the State.”

InDaily reported last week that the University Council had voted to back a proposal to merge five faculties into three, as it grappled with lower revenue due to the pandemic halting the previously lucrative flow of international students.

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