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Darren has had a long association with Deakin University, commencing in 1984 as an undergraduate science student. As a Deakin employee he has held a diverse range of roles including Tutor, Laboratory Demonstrator, Lecturer, Laboratory Manager, School Executive Officer, Academic Secretary and for the last seven years Faculty General Manager of the Faculty of Science and Technology (now Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment). Across the years Darren has had a number of successful and enjoyable education experiences at Deakin. These include a Bachelor of Science with Honours, a Higher Degree by Research, a Graduate Diploma of Occupational Hygiene, and in more recent years a Master of Business Administration.
In Darren’s role as Faculty General Manager (FGM) he is accountable for the management of the administrative functions of the Faculty. The FGM takes a leadership role in strategic planning, financial management, load planning, course development, accreditation and reaccreditation, and policy development to support the Faculty to function effectively in teaching and learning, research, international, access and equity, community, marketing and commercial activities. The FGM is a member of the Faculty's Executive Group and works in partnership with the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Heads of School, and Associate Deans to enhance the standing of the Faculty through the implementation of the Faculty’s plans and to achieve both strategic and operational objectives.