Professor Tim Wess - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Professor Tim Wess


  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
+61 7 5459 4465
Office location
Chancellery, Level 1, Building C, USC Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast
Professor Tim Wess

Appointed to the University in 2018, taking up the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). Chair of Academic Board, member of the Vice-Chancellor and President’s Indigenous Advisory Committee, and the Quality and Standards Committee. USC’s representative on the QTAC Board and Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI) Executive Committee, one of USC’s nominated Committee for Economic Development Australia (CEDA) Trustees and a member of the Sunshine Coast Business Council Board. Member of Universities Australia DVCA Standing Group on Indigenous Higher Education. Former Pro Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff University. Co-opted Council member at the University of Wales, Newport, and Head, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at Cardiff University. Former Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science at Charles Sturt University (from 2013-18). Member of the Athena SWAN SAGE National Advisory Group for gender equity 2016-18. Member of the Sunshine Coast Community Strategy Leadership Group. Expertise in governance, strategy and policy development. Research focus and international recognition around characterisation of biomaterials in using large scale infrastructure such as synchrotron and neutron sources.

Recent publications

Currie, G., Wheat, J., & Wess, T. (2018). Building Foundations for Indigenous Cultural Competence: An Institution's Journey Toward “Closing the Gap”. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences49(1), 6-10.

Ridges, M., & Wess, T. (2018). Letters from Mungo: A dialogue on decolonisation to improve academic engagement with Aboriginal students. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education26(2), 89-98.

Wess, T. (2017). Comment: A call to action for equality. Nature543(7646), S30.

Wess, T. (2017). Smartphone citizen science: Can a conservation hypothesis be tested using non specialist technology? Heritage Science5(1), 35-46.

Oli, P., Ward, R., Adhikari, B., Mawson, A. J., Adhikari, R., Wess, T., Torley, P. (2016). Synchrotron X-ray Fluorescence Microscopy study of the diffusion of iron, manganese, potassium and zinc in parboiled rice kernels. LWT - Food Science and Technology71, 138-148.