James Cook University (JCU) is a public university and is the second oldest university in Queensland, Australia. JCU is a teaching and research institution. The University's main campuses are located in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville. JCU also has study centres in Mount Isa, Mackay and Thursday Island. A Brisbane campus, operated by Russo Higher Education, delivers undergraduate and postgraduate courses to international students. The University’s main fields of research include marine sciences, biodiversity, sustainable management of tropical ecosystems, genetics and genomics, tropical health care, tourism and engineering.


Bill Tweddell

Chancellor of JCU

As Chancellor of the University, Bill Tweddell is the Chair of the University governing body, Council and presides over all Council meetings. The Chancellor is elected to this honorary position by the members of the Council. The Chancellor provides leadership and facilitated the work of the Council effectively and ethically, providing a focal point for ensuring the achievement of the Council’s own objectives, Statement of Strategic Intent and effective governance and maintaining the high standing of the University in the wider community. The Chancellor also performs ceremonical functions such as presiding over Graduation Ceremonies. Mr Bill Tweddell was appointed as Chancellor in 2016 for a five year term which will conclude on 25 March 2020.

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