Professor Hayden Ramsay

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Coordination

Developing ACU’s national Catholic ethical capacity.

Professor Hayden Ramsay

Areas of expertise: Philosophy, ethics, Catholic intellectual tradition, faith and reason, Catholic higher education, Kant, Natural Law, and leisure.


Professor Hayden Ramsay is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Coordination at ACU. In this role, Hayden oversees the Coordination Portfolio, established to help the university maintain institutional unity and campus diversity.

The portfolio plays a key role in developing the national ethical capacity by coordinating Catholic intellectual life and cultural dialogue with the secular world. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Coordination is also responsible for overseeing changes to organisational structures to achieve organisation direction in line with the Vice-Chancellor and President’s priorities.

Professor Ramsay began his role at ACU in 2017 as Pro Vice-Chancellor, assisting the Vice-Chancellor and President. He accepted the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Coordination in March 2019.

Prior to his appointment at ACU, Professor Ramsay served as the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at The University of Notre Dame Australia. He has taught philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, Stirling University in Scotland, the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, the Catholic Theological College and the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family. He has also held teaching roles at the Catholic Institute of Sydney, and the Good Shepherd Seminary. He is a committee member of the Catholic Institute of Sydney Senate and the Sydney Catholic Schools Board.

Professor Ramsay holds a PhD in philosophy from The University of Edinburgh (1991) and a master’s in mental philosophy also from the University of Edinburgh (1986). He has published several books and many articles in philosophy, mainly in ethics.


  • Ramsay, Hayden, John Haldane, et al. 2011. Truth and faith in ethics UK: Andrews UK Limited.  
  • Ramsay, H. 2005.  Reclaiming leisure: Art, sport and philosophy. UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Ramsay, Hayden, and Anthony Fisher, eds. 2004. Faith and reason: Friends or foes in the new millennium? Australia: ATF.
  • Ramsay, H. 1997. Beyond virtue: Integrity and morality. UK: Palgrave Macmillan.




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