Division of the Provost

Aboriginal Research and Leadership

Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Maggie Walter is determined to increase the University of Tasmania's Aboriginal presence

Professor Maggie Walter
Agenda-setting: Professor Maggie Walter wants
to build an "Aboriginal-scholarly place".

The University of Tasmania's inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor (Aboriginal Research and Leadership) doesn't see her new role being confined by state or even national boundaries.

It is a "bold, not brave" move by the University, says Professor Maggie Walter, one that has emboldened her to think big.

"My new position is an indicator that the University has recognised that as Tasmania's university, our deep history and cultural traditions and knowledge are central to that mission. I think the University has taken a huge but very necessary step.

"One of the first things I am going to do is form a working group, of internal and external, indigenous and non-indigenous members, to help me build the University as a vibrant, Aboriginal-scholarly place. It's about scholarship and intellectual engagement, not just an indigenous presence, per se.

"We want to be national and international leaders."

Read the full article by Peter Cochrane.