Glyn Davis was the 19th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne and is a professor of political science in the University’s Faculty of Arts.
Beginning his term in January 2005, Professor Davis championed the Growing Esteem strategy for the University of Melbourne, centred on the ‘triple helix’ – an aspiration to offer outstanding research, education, and engagement, with each strand reinforcing the others. This strategy has encouraged major investments for the University in new research infrastructure, and an emphasis on engagement through cultural activities, archives and museums. Professor Davis has also encouraged a new focus on advancement, with the Believe campaign launched in May 2013 – the largest fundraising drive in the University’s history.
With Growing Esteem the University of Melbourne became the first Australian institution to align with international degree structures, adopting the Melbourne Model from 2008. The Melbourne Model saw all professional degree programs taught at graduate level, and undergraduate students pursuing multidisciplinary learning in one of six broad bachelors degrees offered by the University.
Professor Davis is a public policy scholar, who writes on policymaking and coordination of central government agencies. He graduated with first class honours in political science from the University of New South Wales, with a thesis supervised by Donald Horne on the origins of the radio station 2JJ. His doctorate from the Australian National University examined the political independence of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He undertook postgraduate appointments studying public broadcasting as a Harkness Fellow at the University of California Berkeley, the Brookings Institution in Washington and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.