University of Newcastle Chancellor Paul Jeans

Mr Paul Jeans – BE(NSW) FIEAust, FAICD

Chancellor of the University of Newcastle

The University Council elected Mr Paul Jeans as the seventh Chancellor of the University, with his term commencing on 1 July 2013.

Mr Jeans is a fourth-generation Novocastrian with a senior leadership career spanning more than four decades.

Mr Jeans completed a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the Newcastle University College at Tighes Hill, the antecedent institution to the University of Newcastle. He undertook senior management development at the University of New South Wales’ Australian Graduate School of Management and the University of Hawaii. He is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Past Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Mr Jeans’ executive career spanned more than 40 years with BHP and included a number of Chief Executive roles, including Executive General Manager and CEO of its Ferrous Minerals Business, three of its Steel Businesses, which included responsibility for both Newcastle and Port Kembla Steelworks, and its Service Companies (Engineering, IT, Transport, Power and Insurance).  Earlier, Mr Jeans had a long career in BHP Engineering, ultimately leading that organisation.

Mr Jeans has also had extensive experience as a Director on a number of BHP Joint Venture and Subsidiary Companies, often as Chairman. He has also been a Director of Fosters Brewing Group, Energy Australia, Ausgrid and Newcastle Port Corporation, the latter of which he chaired from 2008 to 2013.

He is a Fellow and Past Councillor of the University of Wollongong and a Past Director and Honorary Governor of The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at Sydney University. He was also a Director of Wollongong University’s Illawarra Technology Corporation.  He is a Past President of the Australia-Korea Business Council and a Past Councillor of the Australian Minerals Council.

A passionate advocate for regional development and the community, Mr Jeans has served on the Chambers of Commerce and Manufacturers as well as Regional Development Boards for the Australian and NSW governments in both the Hunter and Illawarra regions. Mr Jeans chaired the Illawarra Advisory Board of The Salvation Army and was Area President of both the Hunter and Illawarra Scout Associations.

The University of Newcastle (UON) is a top 10 research university in Australia that delivers world-class research and innovation across a range of fields, and makes important contributions to the knowledge and understanding of issues of global significance in health, engineering and science. Our research record in areas including the humanities, social sciences, business and law, is also emerging on the world stage.

Internationally, the QS World Rankings 2015 place Newcastle in the top 300 universities in the world and the Times Higher Education 2015 place us in the top 100 most international universities. We are in the top 10 in Australia for student satisfaction, good teaching, the development of students’ transferable skills and research excellence with 90% of UON research rated “at world standard” or above.

We are national leaders in the university sector in providing more opportunities for people with ability and determination to enter higher education whatever their background. Our proportion of students from low socio-economic backgrounds is significantly higher than the sector average, and our enrolment of Indigenous students is almost double that of our peers.

UON offers students an engaged approach to learning through programs that integrate study with work experience, internships, paid employment and research experience.  More than 90 per cent of undergraduate programs provide work placements and UON’s career-ready graduates have some of the highest starting salaries in Australia.  Around 90 per cent of UON graduates are in full-time or part-time employment within four months of completing their degree.

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Over 90% of the University of Newcastle’s research is ‘at’ or
‘above world standard’ (Excellence in Research Australia 2015).


The University of Newcastle ranks equal 2nd in Australia for
generic skills (Australian Graduate Survey 2015).


89.8% of graduates are in full-time or part-time work within four
months of graduation (Australian Graduate Survey 2015).


90% of the University of Newcastle’s programs incorporate
work integrated learning opportunity.

We are building on strong foundations to realise our vision to be a global leader in each of our spheres of achievement. Through engagement with our partners, we are committed to the delivery of world-class innovation that supports the development of strong regional communities. In addition to our main campus in Newcastle, we have a number of regional campus / precincts across New South Wales and city based campuses in Sydney and Singapore.

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University of Newcastle Council

Council is the University’s executive governing body. It is the most senior decision-making body of the University and is responsible for the oversight, management and development of strategic plans and key policies. Council monitors the overall performance and accountability of the organisation and is subject to standards of corporate governance.

For more information, refer to the University of Newcastle’s Council Charter opens-in-a-new-window.

Membership of the University of Newcastle’s Council is as follows:

Ex-Officio Members

Mr P.E. (Paul) Jeans – Chancellor (to 30 June 2021)
Professor Caroline McMillen – Vice-Chancellor and President (to October 2019)
Professor Mark Jones – President of Academic Senate (to 31 December 2016)

Appointed Members – Ministerial

Conjoint Professor Geoff Lilliss (to 31 August 2018)
Mr Robert Kennedy (to 31 January 2017)

Appointed Members – Council

Ms Dianne Allen – Deputy Chancellor (to 31 December 2018)
Ms Jann Gardner (to 31 December 2016)
Ms Michelle McPherson (to 31 December 2017)
Ms Deborah Wright (to 31 December 2018)
Mr John Bowers (to 13 August 2017)
Mr Doug Dean (to 13 August 2017)
Ms Julie Phillips (to 13 August 2018)

Elected Members

Professor Pablo Moscato – Academic Staff (to 31 August 2018)
Dr Roslyn Larkin – Academic Staff (to 31 August 2018)
Mr Michael Robertson – Professional Staff (to 31 August 2018)
Mr Phillip Johnson – Elected Student (to 31 December 2017)

Council Committees

The Committees of the Council are:

Nominations and Legislation Committee

Chair – Mr Paul Jeans, Chancellor

Controlled and Associated Entities Committee

Chair – Mr Bob Kennedy

Chancellor’s Committee

Chair – Mr Paul Jeans, Chancellor

Risk Committee

Chair – Ms Michelle McPherson

Finance Committee

Chair – Ms Dianne Allen, Deputy Chancellor

Strategic Development Committee

Chair – Conjoint Professor Geoff Lilliss

People and Culture Committee

Chair – Ms Deborah Wright

Academic Senate

Chair – Professor Mark Jones, President of Academic Senate

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