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Ms Angela Leitch


  • Bio/Profile
  • Ms Angela Barney - Leitch is the QUT Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy), a position she commenced in February 2019.  Ms Barney-Leitch is a Woppaburra Gaumi Enkil and Land Trustee whose country is the Keppel Islands off the coast of central Queensland, Australia.

    Ms Barney-Leitch holds a Master of Education and Professional Studies Research, Graduate Certificate in Employment Law, and Bachelor of Administration from Griffith University. She has significant experience in Indigenous Australian education and strategic policy. Prior to joining QUT, Ms Barney-Leitch was the Director of Indigenous Policy and Strategic Innovation for the Queensland Department of Education. In that role she was responsible for leading the strategic development of education policy on Indigenous issues within Queensland where she was successful in aligning the needs of Indigenous young people with government strategies and objectives. She has been the Chair and Queensland representative on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Advisory Group, where she provided strategic policy advice to the National Education Council. 

    As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy) Ms Barney-Leitch is responsible for providing leadership in developing the strategic direction of the university regarding Indigenous matters, including institutional policy, strategy and advice in relation to all aspects of Indigenous higher education at QUT. The position plays a critical role in engaging within the university, external stakeholders and Indigenous communities, to establish effective and productive relationships. Ms Barney-Leitch ensures alignment of all related Indigenous initiatives and activities with the university’s overall strategic direction. Ms Barney-Leitch led the development of a new comprehensive Indigenous Australian Research Strategy 2022-2025, one of the first in the country and a model for other such strategies both nationally and internationally.