Professor Pip Nicholson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (People and Community)

Working across the breadth of the University, the DVC (P&C) provides focused leadership and direction for the ‘Community’ pillar of Advancing Melbourne. The DVC (P&C) focuses on the connections between the student experience and staff experience across the University, and integrates the University’s people and academic strategies.

Before being appointed as DVC (People and Community) on 26 April 2022, Professor Nicholson served as Dean of the Melbourne Law School (MLS) from 2018 to March 2022, and also previously served as the Director of the Asian Law Centre.

Pip has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the university community, having served as Vice-President and Deputy Vice-President of Academic Board between 2015 and 2017 and Chair of the Respect Taskforce in 2019.

For over 20 years, Professor Nicholson’s research has focused on the Vietnamese legal system and comparative approaches to development aid. A former barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia, Professor Nicholson’s professional experience spans commercial lawyering, legal aid and international consultancy, with a focus on development aid in Asia. Across this period, Pip has consistently taken insights from her research into her teaching at the MLS in the Juris Doctor and the Melbourne Law Masters programs.


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Madeleine Jenkins