Mr Nathan Towney
Nathan is a proud Wiradjuri man from Wellington in NSW and an education leader. Nathan’s appointment as the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous, Strategy and Leadership role follows a four-year tenure as the Principal of Newcastle High School. Nathan led the development of the University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Research Framework. The University of Newcastle will be a culturally responsive place of excellence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and research. A place where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the community feel connected, and culturally safe. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and knowledge is woven into each pillar – our relationships with communities, students and staff, the way we teach, learn and research and how we foster reconciliation in our regions. In addition to this Nathan is leading a coordinated approach to Indigenous Health Research for the region. Working with stakeholders including the local health districts, Hunter Medical Research Institute, Central Coast Research Institute, Awabakal Aboriginal Medical Service, NSW Regional Health Partners and the local community. Nathan’s personal and authentic approach fosters strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels. Nathan has a passion for innovation and change and has actively encouraged student-directed, passion-based and entrepreneurial learning. His approach to engaging and working with communities will be particularly valuable as the University looks to find ways for the institution to better connect with our regions.