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Fiona DochertyVice President - External Engagement


Fiona Docherty is responsible for UNSW’s International, Marketing & Communications Service, which has been created to better support the realisation of UNSW’s strategy through stronger student recruitment, international partnership development, and global profiling activity. As Vice-President, External Relations Fiona leads this new and evolving service, supporting the President and Vice-Chancellor to deliver UNSW’s 2025 Strategic Plan and providing leadership across the following areas:

  • Recruitment of future students to UNSW full degree and alliance programs, ensuring UNSW becomes ‘Australia’s Global University’ through the size and diversity of its student body
  • Support for the development of a small number of strategic international partnerships which enhance our ability to address contemporary challenges and make a positive impact in Australia and around the world
  • Strengthening of the University’s branding, communications, and marketing strategy, ensuring that UNSW’s mission and values are projected effectively, both locally and internationally, through PR and events.

In 2012, Fiona became Pro Vice-Chancellor, International at UNSW. Since then, UNSW has grown its international student community to 14,500; ranked first in Australia for graduating students with international experience; seen international student satisfaction rise above 90%, and joined two new international networks (GlobalTech Alliance and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities).

Graduating from the University of Glasgow in 1990, Fiona worked for arguably the UK’s most admired and progressive family business, Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate, becoming the company’s youngest director responsible for: corporate communications, sales, marketing, and community outreach programs in the UK and in countries like Ethiopia, India, and Brazil. Fiona was also a formative member of the UK’s Ethical Tea Partnership.

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Established in 1949 with a unique focus on the scientific, technological and professional disciplines, University of New South Wales (UNSW) is a leading Australian university committed to making a difference through pioneering research and preparing the next generation of talented global citizens for career success.

University of New South Wales (UNSW) has a proud tradition of sustained innovation, focusing on areas critical to our future – from climate change and renewable energies to lifesaving medical treatments and breakthrough technologies. In the social sciences, UNSW research informs policy and expert commentary in key issues facing society ranging from human rights and constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians to public health and population ageing.

UNSW offers an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs. We attract talented students from across Australia and around the world. Our 50,000-plus students come from 128 countries, making us one of Australia’s most cosmopolitan universities. Our emphasis on quality continues to push up entry standards with record demand from the State’s top school leavers.

The main UNSW campus is located on a 38 hectare site at Kensington, seven kilometres from the centre of Sydney. Other major campuses are Art & Design in Paddington and UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

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We are a powerhouse of cutting-edgeresearch, teaching and innovation

UNSW Australia is a founding member of the Group of Eight – a coalition of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities – and the prestigious Universitas 21 international network. We are the only Australian member of the Global Alliance of Technological Universities; a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU); and a partner of Coursera, the largest provider of MOOCs in the world. With internationally recognised and award-winning academic staff, we have an impressive standing in global league tables, achieving our highest ratings for research, innovation and facilities.

Mission and vision

  • To be a world-class, world-changing university.
  • To bring inspiring people together and create a world-class environment for learning and research, empowering staff and students alike to discover and share knowledge that can change the world.

Ranked in the top 1% of world universities

4,485

Higher degree research students

$550m

Annual research income

University of New South Wales (UNSW) has a strong reputation for research excellence.  Through this excellence, the focus is on continuing to increase UNSW’s research contribution both regionally and globally.

At UNSW Sydney we are passionate about research, changing lives and achieving global impacts.

We strive to meet tomorrow’s challenges and are an acknowledged world leader in photovoltaics, HIV/AIDS research and quantum computing.

Our strengths:

  • Biomedical sciences
  • Water, climate, environment and sustainability
  • Next generation materials and technologies
  • Social policy, government and health policy
  • ICT, robotics and devices
  • Law, business and economics
  • Fundamental and enabling sciences
  • Contemporary humanities and creative arts
  • Defence and security

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