Dr Laura-Anne Bull joined the University of South Australia as the Pro Vice Chancellor: Student Engagement and Equity in September 2014.
Laura-Anne brings a wealth of experience in managing student services to this important role, including developing and delivering strategies to improve orientation, the extracurricular student experience, and participation of students from Indigenous and equity backgrounds in higher education.
As Pro Vice Chancellor: Student Engagement and Equity, Laura-Anne is responsible for leading initiatives to ensure that students are fully engaged and supported, not only to learn within their core area of study but to benefit from their whole university experience.
Laura-Anne earned her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in 1998. She began her career as a process engineer for Zeneca Agrochemicals (now Syngenta) and as lead process engineer was responsible for the designing and commissioning of new plants.
Two years later, she returned to university teaching as lecturer in Chemical and Process Engineering at Strathclyde. Aside from teaching, she was fully engaged in student pastoral support, PhD supervision, and a range of academic operational groups from undergraduate recruitment to faculty school liaison.
In 2008, Laura-Anne became acting Head of Registry and after two years, Head of Student Experience at Strathclyde. She was responsible for developing and delivering a broad strategy to improve student experience from both an administrative and experiential perspective.
In 2011, Laura-Anne moved to the Australian National University to take on the role of Deputy Registrar – Student Services where a year later she was appointed Registrar – Student Services and then the Registrar Student Life in February 2014.