Vice-President, Academic

Professor Helen Huntly OAM
Professor Helen Huntly OAM

Professor Helen Huntly
Phone: 07 4930 6731

Julie Meehan
Senior Executive Officer to Professor Helen Huntly
Phone: 07 3023 4291

Susan Praed
Executive Assistant to Professor Helen Huntly
Phone: 07 4150 7089

About the Vice-President, Academic

As the Vice-President (Academic) Professor Helen Huntly OAM is responsible for leading the creation and implementation of CQUniversity’s strategic and operational priorities, related to educational design and delivery, as well as ensuring the quality of our courses. Professor Huntly is also responsible for ensuring that the University is able to recruit, retain, and mentor an outstanding academic and teaching staff.

Professor Huntly drives this agenda through the Tertiary Education Division (TED) portfolio and works with a leadership team comprising Deputy Vice-Presidents, Deans and Directors to ensure the delivery of high quality and innovative courses and qualifications, and learning experiences for our students.

As part of the Senior Executive team, Professor Huntly plays a primary role in institutional strategy and operations, including oversight and implementation of relevant organisational systems and quality assurance processes, budget allocation, and general management across the Division.

The Vice-President (Academic) role also provides executive leadership to deliver meaningful integration of the vocational and higher education portfolios expected of a fully comprehensive (dual sector) university. The role also nurtures and facilitates the development of new courses, qualifications, retention and growth in student load, as well as engagement with the University’s wider communities in terms of teaching, accessibility and educational quality.

The Vice-President (Academic) is supported by the Deputy Vice-President (Education Strategy and Innovation), the Deputy Vice-President (VET Operations & Growth), Deans of the Schools of Health, Medical & Applied Science; Nursing, Midwifery & Social Sciences; Business & Law; Education & the Arts; Engineering & Technology; and Associate Dean Access Education; and the Directors of Learning, Design & Innovation and Educational Quality & Integrity. Together the TED leadership team oversees a Tertiary Education agenda that provides high quality, compliant and industry and professions-focused education and training across the entire Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

About Professor Helen Huntly

Professor Huntly has been with CQUniversity for more than 30 years. She took up her appointment as Provost in late 2016, following her appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Industry, Vocational Training & Access Education) in 2015. Professor Huntly assumed the role of Vice-President (Academic) after a university restructure in 2020.

Professor Huntly has contributed to the broader education agenda through many roles, including as Dean, School of Education & the Arts, various senior management roles within Higher Education, and prior to that, as teacher in the vocational and secondary education sectors. As a proud (former) teacher, Professor Huntly recognises the importance of high quality, engaging and reflective learning and teaching practices at all levels of education.

Throughout her career, Professor Huntly has developed a deep understanding and knowledge of education and training. She is a strong advocate for the provision of learning opportunities for all, particularly in the regions, to help students reach their full potential and contribute to their local communities.

In 2017, Professor Huntly was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her services to tertiary education in Central Queensland. Her qualifications include a Doctor of Education (CQUniversity 2004), Master of Education Studies (CQUniversity 1999), Bachelor of Education (BCAE1980), and a Diploma of Teaching Health & Physical Education (KGCAE 1980).