About us

About us

The Faculty of Human Sciences is one of very few of its type in the world. We have a unique combination of teaching and research strengths around health, education, mind and language, that enables us to investigate and answer some of the big questions about what makes us human.  Our new, innovative Bachelor of Human Sciences degree gives students the skills to make a difference in the lives of others.  Our Departments of Linguistics and Psychology are ranked among the top 100 institutions in the world for their disciplines according to the 2015 QS World Ranking by Subject.

Our Executive Dean

simon handley 

Professor Simon Handley, the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences is responsible for leadership and management of the strategic and operational goals of the faculty in the areas of teaching and learning, research and community service, and engagement. Key roles include planning, efficient and effective management of resources, and the implementation of quality enhancement in all academic and administrative activities of the faculty.

He is responsible for:

  • delivering high quality, innovative and socially relevant courses that attract capable students who are well supported to successfully complete and contribute to society
  • supporting the delivery of continued improvement in research productivity in areas of research strength while also building new areas for the future
  • increasing productive engagement with industry, government, the professions and community to enhance the University's profile as a place of innovation and service
  • improving engagement with international partners to increase research, enhance student diversity and recruitment, and contribute to local and global development
  • promoting a safe and sustainable student experience and staff workplace through effective and efficient services and management.

Portfolio areas:

  • Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Australian Hearing Hub (AHH)

To contact the Executive Dean, please email Judy Lawrie, Executive Officer to the Executive Dean or call her on +61-2-9850-8030.

Our research and teaching excellence

Our ground breaking research in psychology and cognitive science is recognised at both at a national and global level. Our Centre for Emotional Health is world renowned for its research, training and treatment of anxiety disorders.  We host the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders conducting world leading research in belief formation, language, memory, person perception and reading.

The Faculty’s Linguistics department is one of the largest in Australia and covers a broad range of areas including speech pathology, audiology, language development and language in society.  Linguistics at Macquarie has a strong tradition of research and teaching on the use of language in professional and academic settings including multilingualism and intercultural communication and translation and interpreting. Linguistics also links strongly to areas such as cognitive science.

The School of Education and Institute of Early Childhood are recognised for their excellence in teacher education and research.  We host a national initiative to meet the challenge of bringing authentic mathematics and science into the classroom, through revolutionising teacher training. The Faculty is home to a number of internationally known research centres in education and early childhood including The Children and Families Research Centre, Mia Mia Child and Family Study Centre and Macquarie University Special Education Centre.

Our world-class facilities

In the Australian Hearing Hub Macquarie University brings together from industry, government and academia some of the country’s best researchers, educators and service providers to improve the lives of people who experience hearing and language disorders. This unique facility is pioneering a new approach to collaboration, which fosters opportunities for innovation across a wide range of fields. The Australian Hearing Hub houses our teaching and research clinics in speech and hearing, psychology and emotional health as well as an anechoic chamber and one of the world’s most advanced laboratories for brain research.

The Simulation Hub, opened in 2015, is a purpose-built facility housing an extensive range of state of the art simulation equipment including driving and flight simulators, a sports simulator, a virtual reality laboratory, and a simulated bar. It allows researchers to investigate aspects of human performance safely and accurately across of a range of environments and, in conditions that closely resemble the real-world.

Contact us

Faculty of Human Sciences
5.401, Level 5
Australian Hearing Hub
16 University Avenue 
Macquarie University
NSW 2109,  Australia

Telephone: +61 2 9850 9897
Website: mq.edu.au/humansciences
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Content owner: Faculty of Human Sciences Last updated: 03 Jun 2019 9:39am

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