Leadership, Faculty governance and strategic plans

The Faculty is led by the Dean and supported by the Executive Leadership Team.

Welcome from the Dean

“Welcome to the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts.

We are Australia’s pre-eminent Arts Faculty, at the heart of the country’s second oldest and highest rated University. Our flagship Bachelor of Arts degree has been offered for over 160 years. It is the number one choice in Arts for generations of Humanities and Social Sciences students.

The Humanities and Social Sciences are needed now more than ever. Technology has transformed the world – and in this context strong critical thinkers are essential, along with good communicators, those able to navigate social and cultural difference, and those who understand what it means to be human.

Today, our graduates’ analytical and creative skills, as well as their values and empathy, are their competitive advantage. The Humanities and Social Sciences are key to Australia’s future success."

Whatever path you choose I know that you will have an exciting and rewarding experience at Melbourne. I warmly welcome you to the Arts community. Professor Russell Goulbourne, Dean – Faculty of Arts
Professor Russell Goulbourne


Professor Russell Goulbourne is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. He is a noted French literature scholar and was Professor of French Literature at King’s College London, where he also served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities from January 2014 to July 2018. He is an engaged scholar with a passion for the role of arts and humanities in an evolving knowledge economy.

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Faculty governance

The Faculty Forum and the Arts Faculty Executive Committee (AFEC) chaired by the Dean are the two key governance for the Faculty of Arts, with the Humanities Foundation Board established in 2013 to oversee the Faculty's fundraising efforts in support of the humanities disciplines.

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Strategic plans

Shaped and owned by the Faculty, the Faculty of Arts Strategy will guide our efforts as we seek to achieve our aspirations. Under the leadership of Professor Russell Goulbourne, we have recently launched a Faculty of Arts Strategy focusing on:

  • Transformative learning
  • Research that makes a difference
  • Partnerships that add value
  • Support for all staff

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