Professor Greg Leigh

Greg Leigh

  • PhD, Special Education (1995, Monash University)

Sir John Monash famously said,

“Equip yourself for life, not only for yourself but for the benefit of your whole community”

These words are perfectly reflected in the work of Professor Greg Leigh AO.

Professor Leigh decided he wanted to teach people with disabilities during his school years.  He has not wavered in his commitment to the field and in 2014 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his stunning contribution to the deaf and hearing-impaired community.

Professor Leigh is the Director of RIDBC Renwick Centre for Research and Professional Education - a unique partnership between the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children and the University of Newcastle.

Since 1995, more than 850 graduates in special education have received degrees from the University of Newcastle for studies completed through the RIDBC Renwick Centre. The Centre is Australia’s leading provider of professional development and research in the education of children with hearing or vision loss.

Professor Leigh is a dynamo. He holds four degrees, including a PhD in Education from Monash University, and has worked at Griffith and Deakin universities in Australia and at Rochester University in New York. He currently holds positions at both the University of Newcastle and Macquarie University where his teaching is focused on language and literacy development for children with sensory disabilities. Outside of the university environment, Professor Leigh is proud to be Chair of the Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Committee.

As a world leading expert in education for the deaf and hearing impaired, Professor Leigh was recently invited to be keynote speaker at the International Congress on the Education of the Deaf held in Athens. He has also made significant contributions to academic literature as a member of the editorial boards of both The Oxford Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education and Deafness and Education International.

In 1999 Professor Leigh was made a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and in 2011 he was the recipient of the Deafness Foundation’s Peter Howson Medal for outstanding contribution in the field of education for deaf and hearing-impaired people.

Monash congratulates Professor Leigh on his many achievements and wishes him continued success in his career.