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Naomi Dempsey, PhD

Passionate about the transformational impact of tertiary education and the opportunities to transform the lives of people and their communities.

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tertiaryEDX was founded by Naomi as a space to contribute to the tertiary education sector
using her demonstrated expertise and experience.


Her personal education journey was neither linear nor traditional - a winding road from a Certificate III traineeship as a school-leaver to a mature-aged university student with an ambitious goal to achieve a PhD in the field of education.

She is a highly motivated life-long learner who is continually inspired to learn more about how people learn and make a difference in how people can have better access, opportunities and experiences in education.

Naomi is an accomplished executive educational leader with over 25 years of experience in higher and vocational education. Naomi is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Student Experience & Employability at La Trobe University and was the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Students, Chief Student Officer and Interim Deputy Provost of Students & Academic Services at Victoria University. Naomi has held many executive roles in vocational education (including Registered Training Organisations, TAFE and Australian Apprenticeships). She is an Associate with Women-Space and leads Women-Space Australia, supporting the development and progress of women who work in higher education. 

Naomi’s expertise in the education sector spans enhancements to student learning and success, student equity, innovation in service delivery and digital technologies, and organisational capability. She has a proven track record conceptualising and leading innovative strategies that solve problems in complex environments and for growing organisational capability.


She was awarded the tertiary education sector’s LH Martin Institute Award for Excellence in Leadership (ATEM, 2019), recognising her achievements in delivering innovative strategies that improved the student experience for a dual-sector university.

Naomi holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Education. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD). Her most recent achievement was completing her PhD research that examined an educational reform in Australian higher education focused on first-year student success and intensive block mode delivery and the influences of that reform on student outcomes across multiple academic disciplines and student equity groups.

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