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Vice-Chancellor and President

Professor Nixon holds a PhD in Computer Engineering from Sheffield University. A technologist and computer scientist, Professor Nixon was previously the Vice-Chancellor of the multi-campus Ulster University in Northern Ireland. No stranger to Australian shores, he moved to Tasmania in 2010 where he was  Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research — delivering significant growth in both rankings and research funding—before returning to the United Kingdom.

Professor Nixon has a deep understanding of the nexus between industry and university research having had significant industrial and commercial experience through collaborations with INTEL, Microsoft Research, HP, Oracle and IBM as well as being involved in start-ups and establishing the Irish national early stage technology incubator.

He is deeply committed to the civic obligations of a university and recognises the critical and unique role the University of Canberra plays in the ACT. Professor Nixon believes that modern universities need meaningful engagement with their students, their staff, industry partners and the community to deliver consistent and compelling impact.


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Preparing for Bushfire

Brown, M., Chinthammit, W. & Nixon, PA., 2015, 1 p.

Research output: Textual Creative WorksOther contribution

2 Citations (Scopus)

A comparison of user preferences for tangible objects vs touch buttons with a map-based tabletop application

Brown, M., Chinthammit, W. & Nixon, P., 2014, OzCHI '14: Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Designing Futures: The Future of Design. Leong, T. (ed.). United States: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), p. 212–215 4 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookConference contribution

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Designing dissemination strategies to maximise stakeholder engagement

    Finn, R., Cummings, E., Nixon, P. & Wright, D., 2014, In : Healthy Aging Research. 3, 12, p. 1-7 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Facilitating learning through hands-on engagement with virtual museum artefacts

    Neale, S., Chinthammit, W., Lueg, C. & Nixon, P., 2014, p. 222-227. 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conference (non-published works)Paper

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    RelicPad: A hands-on, mobile approach to collaborative exploration of virtual museum artifacts

    Neale, S., Chinthammit, W., Lueg, C. & Nixon, P., 2013, Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2013: Proceedings of the 14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2-6, 2013, Part 1. Kotzé, P., Marsden, G., Lindgaard, G., Wesson, J. & Winckler, M. (eds.). Berlin: Springer, p. 86-103 18 p.

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookConference contribution

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)