Professor Hayden Ramsay

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Ethics

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 Ethics leads the Ethics 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.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Ethics works to provide increased visibility to all aspects of ethics, which is an area of strategic importance to the University.

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. 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, 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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