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Professor Pauline Nugent appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

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Professor Pauline Nugent, Dean of Health Sciences and former Victorian Businesswoman of the Year, last month took up her new role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Australian Catholic University (ACU).

She will have national responsibility for the University's five faculties, Indigenous education, community engagement and academic matters related to international education.

Professor Nugent has a background in nursing and trained at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. She holds a Master of Education from Monash University and a Bachelor of Applied Science from Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences.

Her scholarly record includes publications, public lectures and conferences in nursing education, rural health, clinical research and health curriculum development as well as public funding of research development and evaluation projects worth more than $5 million.

Professor Nugent was appointed to the inaugural Chair of Nursing Development at Deakin University in 2003, after serving as the Head of School of Nursing since 1997.

In 2007, she took up the role of Dean of Health Sciences at ACU. From 2007 to 2010 Professor Nugent facilitated a 37 per cent increase in student load for health sciences, introduced new courses in physiotherapy and paramedicine, and established new research centres and domestic and international partnerships.

In 2009, Professor Nugent was named the Victorian Telstra Businesswoman of the Year.

Her external engagements include a current Directorship on the Board of Eastern Health in Victoria, four years as the Chair of the Board of Southern Health and numerous appointments to taskforces dealing with health workforce issues and nursing education at state and national levels.

ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven said Professor Nugent brings great talent and experience to the role.

“I know that her dynamic, collaborative and strategic approach will enable the University to develop the key academic portfolio at this crucial time of change in Australian higher education,” he said.

Professor Nugent said she was enjoying tackling her new role, and supporting the Vice-Chancellor in providing effective leadership to promote the University’s purposes, interests and objectives.

“This is an exciting time for higher education in Australia, and I will be ensuring that the University remains attuned to national and regional needs and developments.”