Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students)

Professor Nan Bahr, ADC, PFHEA, MACE,

AMusA, BA., BMus., GradDipEd, BEd, GradCert(Higher Ed), MEd, PhD

Professor Nan Bahr DVC (Students)

Professor Nan Bahr — Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students)

Nan leads the Students portfolio. Her background is substantially in teacher education and she has taught in primary and secondary schools, learning centres for intellectually disabled adults, and of course, universities for longer than she’d like to admit here. Nan has a national and international profile as a research academic in the field of education. She is a public spokesperson on issues affecting learners in schools and tertiary settings. Her primary field of expertise is educational psychology, specifically focussing on responsive learning and teaching approaches to the challenges of adolescent development. Nan has undergraduate degrees in biology, psychology, music, and special needs education with completed postgraduate and higher degree research qualifications in higher education, educational psychology, and music education.

Nan has received national and international awards and recognition for excellence in teaching, and leadership of student learning support. In this role as DVC (Students) at Southern Cross University Nan’s work is entirely focussed on support for positive student experience and to ensure the best possible kick-start to an exciting career for all Southern Cross learners.

The Associate DVC (Student transitions) is Dr Peter Cook. Peter works to ensure transitions into, through and beyond studies at Southern Cross are holistic, well designed, effective and supportive of student needs.

Nan is also supported in the portfolio by a high performance team of academic and professional colleagues who are each specialists in their own right.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students) portfolio offers an array of student support services to assist students with their learning, achievements, connection and leadership skills.

The portfolio’s vision is for every Southern Cross University student, regardless of their profile to:

  • have a positive growth experience
  • feel connected and engaged with the University community and their studies
  • reach their academic and professional potential
  • have fun

Workgroups of the portfolio are clustered into three areas:

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students) Work Group Organisational Chart

The Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students)

The Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students) leads the workgroup and also liaises with Student Associations and provides administration support to the Student Representation Committee Chaired by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students). Student safety and wellbeing support, training and initiatives are coordinated from the Office and a Retention and Success group focus on measuring and improving the student experience through analysis of trends, student engagement and feedback gained though workshops, student representation, teaching support evaluations and qualitative forums.

Chaplaincy: The Office of the DVC (Students) also oversees and coordinates the community provision of Chaplaincy and spiritual support for students. The Chaplaincy advisory group has multi-faith community representation and is the key steering body to ensure every student has access to chaplaincy support regardless of faith. The Chaplaincy service helps students locate, engage and connect with their local religious community and offers a quiet, multi-faith reflection space at the main campuses to pray, meditate and ponder.

Advocacy: The Office of the DVC (Students) works closely with the University Student Advocacy Service. This service is not directly managed by the University, but is an important element in the mix of supports and services available to students. The Advocacy Service provides free and confidential representation, advocacy and support for students with matters concerning academic and procedural rules and regulations of the University.

Student Outreach

The Student Outreach workgroup provides a comprehensive suite of programs for student engagement and success. There are two teams in this group:

The Student Experience, Orientation and Induction team develop and deliver a range of activities and programs that aim to maximise student engagement and retention via the provision of off-campus accommodation, sport and recreation programs, student experience initiatives and Orientation and Induction of new students.

The Learning and Engagement team provide a range of peer to peer, staff to student and self-help offerings to support a student’s learning experience. Learning coaches assist students to become self-managing and self-regulated in their learning.

Student Care and Support

The Student Care and Support workgroup provide services and support that offer expert professional care and tailored wellbeing programs to meet students’ diverse and individual needs.

The Student Equity and Inclusion team lead initiatives on-campus and online to create an inclusive University community that respects, supports and celebrates student diversity and enables better access to higher education for disadvantaged groups and individuals. Principles of student centred-ness, collaboration, empowerment, self-determination and self-regulation guide the workgroup to support students with disability to assist them to fully engage in their learning programs and reach their full potential.

The Counselling team of registered psychologists and social workers work in partnership with students to assist in identify barriers, utilising strengths and building essential skills for maintaining student mental health and emotional well-being. The Counselling service is free, confidential and provides a safe place for students to talk, be heard, and learn new strategies and skills to help manage study and life demands.