New era of student engagement starts at Flinders

Clare Pollock DVC-S
Professor Clare Pollock

Flinders University has reinforced its standing as South Australia’s student focused university with the appointment of Professor Clare Pollock to the new position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students).

Professor Pollock says it’s fitting that Flinders is ushering in a new era of strengthened student engagement as it celebrates 50 years of teaching and research excellence.

“I am delighted to be Flinders University’s inaugural DVC-S, a position that is unique in South Australia and quite distinctive nationally for the very specific emphasis it brings to student experience and student success.

“My aim is to ensure Flinders elevates students’ educational experience by understanding and responding to their needs” Professor Pollock says.

“I have a responsibility to students, their families and the broader community to assist students to achieve their best through Flinders.

“My priority is to ensure all students are supported during their time at Flinders so that they achieve their aspirations and meet with great success post graduation as a direct result of their experiences here.

Flinders has been vigorously strengthening its research credentials, she says.

“It’s equally as important for us to demonstrate a strong commitment to education and our students.

“This dedicated student-centred Deputy Vice-Chancellor position is evidence of Flinders’ determination to deliver a rich experience to all who study with us.

“I am blown away by the fantastic facilities Flinders has developed, especially the impressive new student hub at the heart of its Bedford Park campus.

“It distinguishes Flinders as South Australia’s only university that combines state-of-the-art collaborative learning environments, vibrant social spaces and on-campus living.

“Those students just joining Flinders have much to look forward to, and those returning will find it a newly exciting place” Professor Pollock says.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling has welcomed Professor Pollock to Flinders after an extensive career at Curtin University, where she most recently held the position of Associate Provost.

“Professor Pollock has had a distinguished career, graduating from the University of London with a PhD in psychology, winning many prestigious research grants, and publishing over 100 scholarly works,” Professor Stirling says.

“We are delighted that she brings such a wealth of skills and experience to this pivotal role at Flinders.”


“There are exciting opportunities ahead and I look forward to Professor Pollock’s leadership as we build on and strengthen our commitment to students during our 50th anniversary and beyond” Professor Stirling says.

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