Professor Duncan Bentley

Vice-Chancellor, Federation University

Federation University’s Vice Chancellor and President believes a dual-sector regional university sits at the heart of its communities, playing a core role in their prosperity and growth.

Throughout his career Professor Duncan Bentley has supported universities to grow through design thinking, digital innovation, deep community engagement and long-term global partnerships.

He comes to Federation from a distinguished academic career at Swinburne University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

There, he led the academic, international, online and Indigenous portfolios. He is known for his national leadership in lifelong learning so that everyone can develop the skills to thrive in a digital society, beginning in early childhood and continuing throughout life, inspired by curiosity, giving life to dreams.

Previously at Victoria University he had oversight of vocational education, external engagement and international. He believes that the happiest and most successful organisations and communities are diverse and inclusive.

Growing up on coffee plantations and game reserves in Africa, he champions adoption of technologies to support sustainability. Professor Bentley completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Cape Town.

He went on to complete a Master of Laws from the University of London, Master of Laws (Corporate and Commercial) and PhD from Bond University.

My Sessions

Regions Rising or Country Crisis?

Remaking HE Zoom

Session 7 Education Minister Dan Tehan will open the session with a response to key questions about the future of regional campuses, followed by a wide-ranging discussion with the panellists. Regional Higher Education institutions have a special place in their communities – as key employers and educators. Why do the best and brightest students still […]

Growth Learning Regional education