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Published on May 21st, 2014 | by St Peter's College


Rex J Lipman Fellows Program: Leading public intellectual to discuss Universities in the Service of the Nation.

To book:  Professor Glyn Davis AC Public Lecture

In his only Adelaide Lecture the role of universities in the service of the nation will be the topic of a compelling public lecture by one of Australia’s most sought after commentators Professor Glyn Davis AC on Wednesday 28 May at St Peter’s College.

Professor Davis has been Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Melbourne since January 2005, and is Professor of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts. He is one of Australia’s highest profile public intellectuals.

He undertook postgraduate appointments as a Harkness Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, the Brookings Institution in Washington and the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard. Alongside an academic career starting in 1985 at Griffith University, Professor Davis has worked in government.  He served as Queensland’s most senior public servant, Director-General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, before returning to Griffith as Vice-Chancellor in early 2002.

At the University of Melbourne, Professor Davis has encouraged the ‘triple helix’ – an aspiration to offer outstanding research, education and engagement, with each strand reinforcing the others.  This has led to major investments in new research infrastructure and a renewed emphasis on the University’s outreach activities such as archives, museums and knowledge exchange.


Additional Information

  • St Peter’s College, Adelaide, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education – the World No. 2 in education (QS rankings by subject 2014) in 2013 to enhance professional learning for faculty and collaborate on projects.
  • Professor Glyn Davis AC is the 24th Rex J Lipman Fellow over the past 4 years at St Peter’s College, Adelaide.
  • Professor Davis is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Companion in the Order of Australia, and a Director of the Melbourne Theatre Company, the Grattan Institute, the LH Martin Institute and Asialink.
  • Over 30,000 South Australians have attended the free Lipman Lecture series at St Peter’s College.
  • Previous Lipman Fellows have included Professor Patrick McGorry AO, Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE, Professor Peter Singer AC, Professor Martin Seligman.
  • The University of Melbourne was founded in 1853.  It is a research-intensive comprehensive institution of 47,000 students, ranked by the Times Higher Education Supplement as first in Australia and number 43 in the world.
  • The University of Melbourne has encouraged the ‘triple helix’ – an aspiration to offer outstanding research, education and engagement, with each strand reinforcing the others.


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