Professor Hayden Ramsay

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

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.


The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education leads the Education Portfolio, which has responsibility for developing and leading ACU's ethical capacity, including the Catholic intellectual context, and for raising ACU's ethics impact in the University, community and internationally. He's also responsible for much of the student-facing work that ACU is committed to, including animating our campuses, maximising student engagement outside the classroom, and looking after students' physical and mental health and wellbeing.

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, which evolved into the Ethics Portfolio in October 2021. In September 2023, Professor Ramsay was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education. Prior to his appointments 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, Seminary of the Good Shepherd Sydney and Corpus Christi Seminary Melbourne. He is a committee member of the Catholic Institute of Sydney Senate and the Sydney Catholic Schools Board. He holds a PhD in philosophy from The University of Edinburgh (1991) and a Masters in Mental Philosophy also from the University of Edinburgh (1986). Professor Ramsay has published several books and many articles in philosophy, mainly in religion and 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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