Professor Simon Barrie is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Academic) at Western Sydney University. He is a member of the Senior Executive Group and responsible for providing leadership of the University’s academic portfolio.
He leads strategic educational innovation at Western Sydney to deliver the University’s commitment to ensuring its students fulfil their potential to become influential global citizen-scholars in a technology-enabled world. His expertise is in innovatively engaging university communities to deliver new ways to sustainably enact the ‘idea of the university’ in a rapidly changing world.
Simon has worked in the field of Higher Education for 30 years and is an award-winning teacher with an international reputation for his leadership and research on the transformative potential of higher education. He has led major national research and development projects to support universities in the renewal of their educational programs to meet the needs of a new generation of learners and an uncertain future. His work links the learning demands of the new knowledge economy and the imperatives of sustainability and resilience, with educational innovation in new learning ecosystems.