ECU extends vice-chancellor’s stay

Steve Chapman has a long list of achievements since taking over as ECU vice-chancellor.
Steve Chapman has a long list of achievements since taking over as ECU vice-chancellor.

EDITH Cowan University has re-appointed Vice-Chancellor Steve Chapman until 2025.

Professor Chapman joined ECU in 2015 from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. The ECU

University Council was unanimous in seeking to re-appoint Professor Chapman for another term more than a year before his current contract was due to expire.

ECU Chancellor Kerry Sanderson said she was delighted he had accepted a new contract to March 31, 2025.

She was confident the next years would “provide great stability” and further the progress on the ECU’s strategic plan.

His achievements during his first four years include:

• A major restructure of the academic administration.

• Launching course offerings in Melbourne and Sydney.

• Increasing publication and citation rates, helping to consolidate ECU’s Times Higher Education ranking in the top 150 young universities worldwide

• ECU rated the top public university in Australia for student satisfaction for two years in a row (QILT)

• Establishing the $139 million Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre at Joondalup

• Acquiring the Stewart Symonds’ collection of historic pianos – including the First Fleet Piano of 1788 – to establish the Founding Pianos Project.

• ECU accredited as an Athena SWAN Bronze Award institution and again receiving a citation as an Employer of Choice for Gender Quality.