PVC Global Engagement (Research and Partnerships)

Professor Heather Cavanagh was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement (PVC GE) in July 2017. Before taking up this position, Professor Cavanagh was PVC International and held senior roles in the Faculty of Science at CSU.


Professor Cavanagh holds:

  • a Bachelor of Science (honours) Microbiology and PhD in Molecular Virology from the University of Glasgow
  • a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (with distinction) from the University of Strathclyde
  • a Postgraduate Certificate of University Leadership and Management from Charles Sturt University

Professor Cavanagh


Professor Cavanagh has a long history in developing and supporting Education and Research at CSU having held positions of Associate Dean (Deputy Dean) and Acting Executive Dean of Science prior to her appointment as the inaugural Pro-Vice Chancellor, Global Engagement (Research & Partnerships).

Over many years Professor Cavanagh has been instrumental in leading and developing off-shore programs, developing and maintaining strong relationships with international institutions and developing partnerships and pathways for domestic and international students.

Professor Cavanagh has overseen a dramatic increase in student mobility (outward bound), successfully internationalised curriculum at both course and subject level, developed successful articulation pathways from strategic partners to CSU degrees, facilitated international accreditation and established successful Diploma to Degree pathways for international students. In addition, Professor Cavanagh has facilitated the development of productive research partnerships resulting in joint funding, publications and staff exchange in Europe, North America and Asia.

As Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Cavanagh is actively working to establish Charles Sturt University as a global leader in higher education.