Posted on Wednesday 14th November, 2018



Dr Susan Alberti AC has invested one million dollars in establishing The Susan Alberti Women in Sport Chair. Victoria University’s Professor Clare Hanlon, renowned for her commitment to breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for women in sport and sport participation, has been appointed The Susan Alberti Women in Sport Chair.

The announcement coincides with the launch of the Victoria University Sports Strategy: From Grassroots to Elite. Victoria University (VU) is one of Australia’s leading Sport Universities with an international reputation in sport teaching, research, industry engagement and partnership and commercialisation. It is ranked at number 12 on the influential Shanghai Global Rankings of Sport Science Schools and Departments.

From the 2011 opening of a $68m facility at Footscray Park Campus to partnerships with Victoria’s sporting elite, and hosting the first World Congress on sport policy, VU has long been a leader in sport research and education.  Focussing on seven key areas, this new strategy contributes to building a more active Australia, achieving national sporting excellence, safeguarding the integrity of sport and strengthening the over-all sporting industry.

The Victoria University Sports Strategy: From Grassroots to Elite will continue to build VU’s global reputation across research, teaching, learning and engagement by:

  • promoting the connection between active living and overall health and wellbeing by encouraging all Australians to embrace and participate in regular physical activity;
  • fostering international sport university partnerships including Beijing Sport University, German Sport University, Real Madrid Graduate School, Auckland University of Technology and Loughborough University in the United Kingdom;
  • shaping the future of sport by championing women in sport and ensuring that women have the same opportunities as men in sport participation and leadership.

Both Dr Alberti’s significant investment and the Victoria University Sports Strategy: From Grassroots to Elite highlight VU’s commitment to further strengthen its position as a University that delivers an outstanding student experience and leads the way in sports education.

“Together Dr Alberti (Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2014) and Professor Hanlon, who was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2018, are champions of change. Together they make a unique team and this new position, along with the expertise, research and globally ranked reputation of the University, and our industry collaborators, makes a strong formula to create organisational change and community impact to advance women in sport,” said Professor Peter Dawkins AO, Vice-Chancellor and President of Victoria University.

Dr Alberti has a long and proud connection with Victoria University, in 2016 VU awarded her an honorary doctorate, and in July this year Dr Alberti was named the 2018 Victorian of the Year.

“Everyone knows I’m passionate about sport as a way for women to make our community more cohesive and improve health outcomes. This is partly why I decided to invest one million dollars in establishing The Susan Alberti Women in Sport Chair at Victoria University. My donation will establish a professional Chair and research program in Women in Sport – building on the knowledge and expertise that has made Victoria University renowned for sports science and physical activity,” said Dr Alberti.

VU’s Professor Clare Hanlon, who will take on the role of inaugural Chair said, “I am humbled and excited by this opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in a range of sectors, globally and locally, alongside the global thought leaders at Victoria University, to provide evidence that will translate into impact, curriculum that will translate into job-ready students, and engagement that will help Australia succeed in sport, particularly for women.”

Picture: Dr Susan Alberti AC with Professor Clare Hanlon, The Susan Alberti Women in Sport Chair, photo by Brodie Searle