Vice-Chancellor and President
Professor Barney Glover
- Nirimba (Blacktown)
Western Sydney University is a large, research-led metropolitan university operating over multiple campuses in Western Sydney – one of the most economically significant and fastest growing regions in Australia.
Established in 1989, Western Sydney University can trace its history back to 1891 when its oldest predecessor, the Hawkesbury Agricultural College, enrolled its first students. Today the University has over 42,000 students and over 3,000 staff. Its diverse local and international population creates a vibrant, intellectual environment, and enriches the student experience.
In 2014, Western Sydney University celebrated its 25th anniversary and in doing so acknowledged more than 200 cumulative years of its three antecedent institutions and recognised the generations of knowledge of the traditional owners of the land.
Today, the University is enterprising and forward-looking, with a commitment to excellence and opportunity. In 25 short years, Western Sydney University has much to celebrate. The University is now ranked in the top two percent of universities worldwide according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, and is also ranked in the top 100 universities in the world under 50 years of age. This recognition underscores the significant work being undertaken to broaden the University’s international horizons.
Western Sydney University also continues to build its profile as a research leader in Australia, a result of the University’s investment in its research strengths and facilities, and the University’s nurturing of the next generation of researchers. In the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) national report, 70 per cent of the University’s assessed research is rated at world standard or above.
The University’s teaching is among the best in the country, demonstrated by Western Sydney University academics winning the Australian University Teacher of the year two years in a row as well as three prestigious National Teaching Fellowships in 2014.
The University’s excellence in all these areas culminates in our focus on students – over 60 per cent of whom are first in their family to attend university. Students acknowledge this through the national Course Experience Questionnaire, rating overall Western Sydney University student satisfaction at above the sector average.
The University brings knowledge to life in the education of students for employment, the application of research to contemporary problems, and mutually enriching partnerships with local schools, businesses and community groups. It also provides pathway opportunities through Western Sydney University’s College, which is unique in the sector and is a proven national leader for improving access to university study for thousands of students.
Western Sydney University graduates create an impact through their professional endeavours and help to make a difference in their communities. They are known by employers for being able to ‘hit the ground running’ and are achieving career successes in government, the legal profession, health, scientific and research fields, business, and through the arts, creative disciplines and the humanities.
As people's lives change, and technology continues to evolve, Western Sydney University is giving students even greater flexibility to juggle work, family, travel and study. It is opening a high rise campus in the Parramatta CBD in 2017 and has launched a range of fully online degrees developed by the University and a number of courses in partnership with one of the world's leading online universities, Open University UK.