"You are about to embark on one of the most exciting, stimulating and challenging journeys in your academic life".

A portrait photo of Simon Handley

"A research degree is a unique opportunity to dedicate yourself fully, for a prolonged period, to the pursuit of knowledge and discovery in an area in which you have a deep and passionate interest. I encourage you to embrace this opportunity and savour every moment as you make your own personal contribution to the research life of this University.

I wish you the very best in your studies and I hope that your time at Macquarie is both academically successful and personally satisfying. I very much look forward to supporting you in your journey and meeting you along the way."

Professor Simon Handley
Pro Vice-Chancellor Graduate Research

2024 Graduate Research Welcomes

Newly commencing Graduate Research students are warmly invited to attend a Graduate Research Welcome with the Graduate Research Academy.

Come along and get to know more about the GRA, Faculty staff and your fellow students through a fast and friendly networking activity, and then join us for a tour of the key locations on campus.

Wednesday 17 January myRDC
Thursday 7 March myRDC
Thursday 9 May myRDC
Thursday 8 August myRDC
Thursday 7 November myRDC

Please indicate if you require assistance with accessibility for the campus tour when you register.

Simon is an accomplished academic whose passion for psychology has seen him teaching and supervising in universities for the past 26 years. He currently sits as the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Graduate Research, which is part of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) portfolio at Macquarie University; also served as Dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences from 2015 to 2020.

While Simon holds a PhD in Psychology from Cardiff University, his academic career in psychology was fostered and developed during his 22-year tenure at the University of Plymouth, moving from a psychology lecturer to the Head of Psychology and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology in that time.

Simon remains an active researcher with a focus on human reasoning. His work primarily looks at the impact of knowledge and beliefs on thinking in children and adults and the psychological processes underpinning rational thought. Simon has authored almost 100 peer reviewed research publications, been awarded more than $3m in grant funding, and has supervised 17 PhD students to completion.

His portfolio incorporates the Graduate Research Academy (GRA) which oversees research training at Macquarie University, working in collaboration with faculties and the University’s broader research community to deliver an exceptional experience for graduate research students.

The GRA is responsible for:

  • Providing academic and strategic leadership of the University’s graduate research programs.
  • Developing the policy framework for research training.
  • Developing tailored support and development programs to ensure candidates are world-ready and highly employable.
  • Providing opportunities for career-enhancing exposure to industry and the community.
  • Developing programs to build outstanding supervisory expertise and mentorship.
  • Providing operational management of the candidate lifecycle, including recruitment, admission, progression, and completion.
  • Overseeing scholarship investment to attract high potential candidates in areas of research strengths and developing relationships with external funding agencies.
  • Building and maintaining research training partnerships, including Australia’s largest cotutelle, joint PhD and Master of Research exchange program.