THE University of Newcastle’s inaugural pro-vice chancellor of indigenous education and research is leaving the organisation.
Professor Steve Larkin will head to the Northern Territory after leading the Wollotuka Institute through its growth and development.
He will take up the reins of the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, where his skills as one of the leading architects of indigenous education delivery will be wielded.
The former Darwin social worker and member of the Kungarakan and Yanyula nations said he was looking forward to the new challenge.
“Although I’m bidding a fond farewell to Newcastle, I look forward to advocating for an inclusive future where Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders are not only acknowledged but actively celebrated,” he said.
“My experience at Wollotuka has been invaluable, and I feel very proud of the progress we’ve made to continue the world-leading work being done to support and nurture indigenous students.”
Professor Larkin last year delivered the first ever keynote address by an indigenous person to the Universities Australia Conference. He also led a national report on increasing the indigenous academic workforce for the federal Department of Education and Training.
University of Newcastle deputy vice-chancellor Professor Darrell Evans said Professor Larkin’s work has been key for the organisation.
“I wish him all the best for this fantastic new chapter, where I am confident he will be able to apply his skills and experience to this new role,” Professor Evans said.