Chris Duke is an honorary Professor at RMIT and a Visiting Professor at the EU Centre (in 2011, 2012 and 2015).
Chris Duke is Professor of Regional Partnerships and Learning in the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning. He is also Honorary Professor of Lifelong Learning within the Institute of Education at the University in Scotland, and holds a similar position at the University of Leicester in England.
For 2002–2003 he was Director of Community and Regional Partnerships at RMIT, serving also for a few months as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Organisation Behaviour and Change.
Chris has a first class honours degree in history from Cambridge, where he was a Major Open Scholar at Jesus College; a Cambridge PGCE and MA degree; a London PhD in history; and an Hon DLitt from Keimyung University, Republic of Korea.
Chris has worked for 45 years in higher education institutions, mainly in the UK and Australia, across the full spectrum from polytechnic institutions, new and modern universities, to research-led universities enjoying world standing – Auckland, the Australian National University (1969–1985), Greenwich (as the former Woolwich Polytechnic), Leeds, RMIT University, Warwick (1985–1996), and Western Sydney Nepean.
Positions have included foundation Director and/or Professor of Continuing Education / Lifelong Learning at Auckland, ANU, Warwick and UWS Nepean, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Warwick, and President of UWS Nepean.
From 2002 to 2005 he was Director Higher Education for NIACE, The UK national adult learners’ organisation, and for 2003–2005 Associate Director Adult Learning for Action on Access in England.
He has held leadership positions in professional and non-governmental educational associations at all levels including:
Asian South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education (ASPBAE Secretary-General and life member)
International Council for Adult Education (ICAE Associate Secretary-General and life member)
UK Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (formerly UACE, Secretary, Vice President and life member).