Professor Paul Wellings joined the University of Wollongong as Vice-Chancellor in January 2012. Prior to his current role, Professor Wellings held the position of Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University from 2002-2011.
Educated at the Universities of London, Durham and East Anglia, Professor Wellings began his career as a NERC Research Fellow and moved to Australia as a research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), becoming Chief of the Entomology Division in 1995. From 1997 to 1999 he was Head of the Innovation and Science Division, Department of Industry, Science and Resources, Canberra. In 1999 he returned to the CSIRO as Deputy Chief Executive.
He has extensive board experience as a Director of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), and the Cumbrian Rural Regeneration Company. In 2006 he was appointed to the board of Universities UK (UUK) and Chair of UUK’s International and European Policy Committee, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England and Chair of HEFCE’s Research and Innovation Committee. He is currently a board member the University of Wollongong, Dubai, a Trustee of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), China, and a Director of the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI). Professor Wellings also serves on the Australian Research Council (ARC) Advisory Committee, the Global Foundation Advisory Council and the Bundanon Trust Board.
Professor Wellings was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to higher education. He received an Honorary DSc from Lancaster University in 2014.