University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor Visits RIDBC

Chris Rehn, Caroline McMillen and Greg LeighRIDBC Chief Executive Chris Rehn, with Vice-Chancellor Caroline McMillen and RIDBC Renwick Centre Director, Greg Leigh

The Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Newcastle, Professor Caroline McMillen, recently visited the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Renwick Centre, an affiliate of the University of Newcastle.

Professor McMillen assumed the position of Vice-Chancellor in October 2011 on the retirement of her predecessor, Professor Nicholas Saunders.

Professor McMillen brings almost thirty years of experience within the higher education sector to the role, having worked in positions of leadership within the fields of research, teaching and learning.

“It was gratifying to have the Vice-Chancellor visit RIDBC Renwick Centre so early in her tenure. Through our partnership with the University of Newcastle, RIDBC undertakes important research and post-graduate education,” said RIDBC Renwick Centre Director, Professor Greg Leigh.

“Professor McMillen was enthusiastic about our achievements and plans for 2012, which include the launch of an entirely new set of new postgraduate courses and visits from a range of international experts who will be collaborating with us and offering presentations as part of our Continuing Professional Development program. She also gained an appreciation the work of RIDBC more broadly.”

The visit strengthens the longstanding relationship RIDBC Renwick Centre holds with the University of Newcastle. Together, RIDBC Renwick Centre and the University conduct world-leading research, and offers postgraduate courses, in a range of fields relating to the development and education of children with hearing or vision loss.

RIDBC Renwick Centre is the largest provider of postgraduate education programs in the field of the education of children with a sensory disability in Australia and is among the largest and most widely recognised in the field across the world.

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children provides vital support to over 1000 children with significant hearing and/or vision impairment and their families across Australia. As well, RIDBC provides vision and hearing screening to around 2000 babies and children each year.

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives. In order to maintain its intensive educational and research programs, the organisation needs to raise approximately $2.5 million every month.