Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Professor Theo Farrell

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) (2019-present)

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) is responsible for advancing innovation and assuring excellence in all aspects of curriculum design and delivery at UOW. This portfolio is leading capability development in digital and online learning, work integrated learning, lifelong learning, and learning analytics.

Professor Theo Farrell has previously held a number of leadership roles, including Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts at UOW, Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at City, University of London, and Head of the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Professor Farrell is Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK), Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK), Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, and former President of the British International Studies Association.

At King’s, City and UOW, Professor Farrell led numerous initiatives to innovate in teaching and learning and improve the student learning experience. From 2006-2016, he held the chair in online learning in war studies at King’s College London. In his leadership roles and own research Professor Farrell has also championed academic engagement with policy communities and the wider public. Britain’s leading expert on the war in Afghanistan, he acted as strategic advisor to the UK government and US-led command in Kabul, and participated in track II talks with the Taliban.

Professor Farrell’s research focuses on transformative change in the character of armed conflict. He has held ten UK research council awards, including a prestigious three-year Global Uncertainties Research Fellowship. His latest monograph, Unwinnable: Britain’s War in Afghanistan, 2001-2014 (Penguin Random House 2017) was shortlisted for three national book awards and selected book of the year by The Sunday Times.

Support staff contact:

Amber Croft
Senior Executive Assistant
Ph: +61 2 4221 4140


The Vice-Chancellor's Unit
Building 36
University of Wollongong
NSW 2522, Australia.