Our Patrons

   Emeritus Professor Graham Swain AM

A Patron of the UWS Hawkesbury RUFC is Emeritus Professor Graham Swain AM. Prof Swain is the retired Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney and Chief Executive Officer UWS Hawkesbury. He was formerly Principal of the Hawkesbury Agricultural College; foundation Dean of Applied Science of Riverina College of Advanced Education; Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer in Agronomy at University of New England and Research Supervisor / Research Agronomist at Wollongbar Agricultural Research Station of NSW Department of Agriculture. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Maryland and is a life member of the HAC.

Graham was appointed a Member of The Order of Australia (AM) in 1991 and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (FAIAST) in 1979. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD). In May 2000 the University of Western Sydney conferred on him a Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa (Hon. D. Lit.). In 1993 he was the first to be awarded the title of Emeritus Professor by the Board of Governors of the University of Western Sydney. Since retirement he has served as a director of three agricultural production companies.

Professsor Graham Swain embodies the heritage of Hawkesbury Agricultural College, yet is one who has also embraced the signs of the times, and taken an active interest in the growing academic credentials of the University of Western Sydney. His outstanding academic credentials and meritorious personal achievements are an outstanding example of the very spirit of Hawkesbury life and culture to the young men and women of our Rugby Club at Hawkesbury and indeed the entire student population of the University of Western Sydney. 


Professor Shelley Burgin

The Club is proud to announce that Professor Shelley Burgin has agreed to become a Patron of the UWS Hawkesbury Rugby Club and from November 2008 and will hold the position of a Club Patron alongside our current Patron Emeritus Professor Graham Swain.

Shelley Burgin is the Associate Dean Research in the College of Health and Science and Provost of the Hawkesbury campus of the University. Appointed with the inception of the University of Western Sydney, A/Professor Burgin laid the framework and supported the development of studies in biology, environmental science and molecular biology on the Hawkesbury campus, together with the introduction of Honours and graduate programmes. In addition, Professor Burgin has extensive experience in teaching in developing countries including at the University of Papua New Guinea and she played a role over several years in an AusAID project that was implemented to upgrade the eastern universities of Indonesia.

Professor Shelley Burgin is currently holds the most senior management position on the Hawkesbury Campus and also holds the position of UWS Hawkesbury Campus Provost. Professor Burgin BSc (Griff), MSc (UPNG), PhD (Macq) is presently a fellow and councillor of the Royal Zoological Society of NSW and an acclaimed expert in the fields of Biodiversity, Conservation Ecology, Ecosystems management, and Herpetology, and has authored or co authored over 100 publications on the topics.

Through her long standing connection to the campus Professor Shelley Burgin is one who certainly realises that a quality University experience of higher education is not based upon the mere attendance of lectures and tutorials. Through her position of UWS Hawkesbury Campus Provost, Shelley has a real interest in seeing the quality of the student university experience at the Hawkesbury Campus maintained and improved. Having a vibrant and energetic student culture and seeing established Clubs like ours grow and flourish are a vital component of bringing a whole student experience to life.

Among her many achievements has been membership of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Crocodile Specialist Group, and a wide range of statutory and advisory bodies associated with natural resource across the New South Wales ‘green’ government departments. Among her varied current roles Professor Burgin continues as a Councillor of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Patron of the Hawkesbury Alumni Chapter, and a member of the University of Western Sydney’s Senate.

As a Patron of our Club we look forward to working with Professor Burgin to ensure that the vibrant and historic activities of our University Rugby Club continue to be a prominent aspect of Campus life at UWS Hawkesbury and a feature of the local and NSW communities for many years to come.

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