Mr Robert BurnetHaving attended secondary school in London, Mr Robert Burnet emigrated to Australia in 1962 and completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration at The University of...
Having attended secondary school in London, Mr Robert Burnet emigrated to Australia in 1962 and completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration at The University of Melbourne. After a brief time as a research officer for a pastoral company Mr Burnet embarked on, what was to be, a 37 year career in tertiary education administration, 30 of which were in management positions.
Following seven years at The University of Melbourne, Mr Burnet was appointed Registrar of the Victorian College of Pharmacy in 1973. Over the next twenty years Bob held the positions of Deputy Director and Director of the College. He was also Coordinator of and lecturer in the College’s pharmacy management course and was heavily involved in student counselling.
During the three years following the White Paper issued by the then Federal Minister for Education (John Dawkins) in 1988, Mr Burnet played a significant role in negotiating the future of pharmacy education in Victoria. The resultant merger with Monash University is generally seen to have been beneficial for both the College and the University.
In 1993 Mr Burnet was appointed Director of Student Services, responsible for enrolments, examinations, graduations, student relations, student fees, student counselling, language and learning and archives across the University. He was also appointed the Crisis Management Coordinator across the University. At various times from 2000 Mr Burnet held the positions of Campus Director of Monash Gippsland, Monash Berwick and Monash Clayton.
Mr Burnet also served as a member of both the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Committee and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Board and was an active member of the Australasian Institute of Tertiary Education Administrators.
Following his retirement from the University in 2004, Mr Burnet spent seven years as a Senior Consultant with RCA Crisis Management Ltd in which position he built up a client list which included sixteen Australian universities.
Since 2011 Mr Burnet has worked on a voluntary/honorary basis teaching (mainly African) primary school students at “homework clubs”, teaching recent migrants English and assisting Second Bite with fresh food deliveries to charitable organisations. He is currently an “Independent Person” for the Youth Referral and Independent Persons Program which entails being on-call to attend police stations to support young persons (following their arrest).
Mr Burnet has always been a keen sportsman, including playing rugby union for Victoria, and still plays Over 60s cricket.