Professor Merlin Crossley
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic & Student Life

Professor Merlin Crossley

Welcome to the Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic & Student Life. Our key role is to work with students and staff to ensure that we are the destination of choice for students with the highest potential and that the learning and teaching environment provides an outstanding student experience. In that way, we hope that our students will achieve their potential.


Merlin Crossley was appointed the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic & Student Life in February 2016.

He is a molecular biologist, specialising in human genetic diseases. He is also an enthusiastic teacher and science communicator who contributes frequent articles on science, education and policy.

He serves on the Trust of the Australian Museum, is Deputy Chair on the Board of the Australian Science Media Centre, sits on the Boards of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, and New South Innovations, is on the Council of the EMBL Australia, and Editorial Board of The Conversation.

He undertook his BSc at the University of Melbourne, majoring in genetics and microbiology, moved to Oxford University supported by a Rhodes Scholarship, and then did post-doctoral research at Oxford and Harvard before taking up a position at the University of Sydney, where he was Professor of Molecular Genetics 2005-2009, Acting Dean of Science 2004, Director of Research for the College of Sciences and Technology 2005, and Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research from 2006-2008. In 2010 he began as Dean of Science at UNSW and took up his current role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic & Student Life in 2016.

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The portfolio covered by the Division is wide-ranging. Relevant links are:

  • Visiting Committees provide one important avenue through which the needs of external key groups can be taken into account in shaping the development of the University.

    The role of these committees is to:

    • review program developments and appraise particular educational programs in relation to the needs of industry and professional practice;
    • receive and discuss the annual report of the Head of School;
    • report to Council on any special problems and opportunities facing the School;
    • and aid the development of the School in any other way possible.

    Membership consists of an appropriate mix of practitioners and community representatives, together with the professorial staff of schools and representatives from the Alumni Association.

    For further information on the role or memberships of Visiting Committees, contact the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic.

Staff contacts


Indelle Scott


Executive Assistant

Contact details

+61 2 9385 2800


Sarah Dunbar


Director, Operations

Contact details

+61 2 9385 1094