Noel Pearson named Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow

August 15 / 165

Noel Pearson has been named a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow of the University
Noel Pearson has been named a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow of the University


Respected Indigenous Australian Noel Pearson has been named a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow of the University.


An Advisor for the Cape York Partnership and Chairman of Good to Great Schools Australia, Mr Pearson will be based at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.


Hailing from the Guugu Yimidhirr community of Hope Vale, Mr Pearson has spent decades advancing reform on native title, economic development and social policy for the people in Cape York Peninsula.


As part of his Fellowship, he will be involved as a student mentor and co-supervisor, provide input into the development of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research agenda for the School, convene a number of seminars relating to scaling school reform and undertake his own research into the area.  


Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis, said he was looking forward to the contribution Mr Pearson would make to the University. 


“His legacy and experience across Indigenous rights, law, policy and education are truly outstanding. We’re excited to welcome Noel Pearson to the University and we are looking forward to the positive contribution he will make to our broader University community.”


Mr Pearson said he was very much looking forward to his time at the University and “the opportunity to make a significant contribution on a topic close to my heart: education.” 


Professor David Beckett, Acting Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, said the Graduate School was looking forward to working closely with Mr Pearson and learning from his leadership.


“Mr Pearson is an authoritative voice at the forefront of Indigenous education debates. This appointment locates these debates appropriately and will enrich the development of our teaching and research, in Indigenous education and broader policy areas.”


Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowships were founded in 1997 to provide a residency for distinguished public intellectuals to contribute to the life of the University.


Previous Fellows include Fiona Stanley, Petro Georgiou, Kate Auty, David Kemp and Maxine McKew.  


Earlier this year the University awarded Vice-Chancellor Fellowships to science communicator Margaret Wertheim and journalist Jim Middleton.


Mr Pearson’s fellowship will run until July 2016.


Story by David Scott

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