Professor Joanne Wright

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Acad)

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Professor Joanne Wright joined UQ in April 2013, as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

At UQ, she sits on the senior management group, senior promotions committee and Academic Board, among other key responsibilities.

Professor Wright brings to the position broad and extensive experience in senior academic roles, most recently as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and (later) Acting Vice Chancellor at the University of South Australia.

She has chaired all major University committees relating to teaching and learning, quality and the student experience and has led major capital works projects. She has successfully led efforts to improve student satisfaction in relation to both teaching and the wider student experience.

At national level, Professor Wright chaired the Australian Universities’ Quality Assurance Agency and oversaw the transfer of some its roles to TEQSA. She is a Ministerial appointee to the Higher Education Standards Panel which makes recommendations to the Minister on new or amended standards for Higher Education.

Professor Wright also spent four years at the University of Sussex as Pro Vice-Chancellor of Education. Major achievements included reorganisation planning, membership on the Executive Management Group and driving significant improvement in league table positioning for the university.

In both most recent roles in South Australia and Sussex, she successfully led the drive to improve teaching and learning indicators, especially student satisfaction.

In all, she has held teaching and research positions at numerous UK and Australian Universities, including Melbourne, St Andrews, Ulster, London and Sussex. She has taught extensively at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has published books and articles on various aspects of state and sub-state security.

Professor Wright has a BA (Hons) in Politics and Government, and History from the University of Kent at Canterbury, an M.Litt in Strategic Studies from the University of Aberdeen and a PhD in International Relations from the Australian National University.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University


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