Professor Paul Bates is Foundation Professor and Head of Aviation at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. He has held this position since 2015 when Aviation was launched at USQ. Before this appointment Professor Bates was Head of Aviation at another Australian University for approximately 20 years. Graduates of Programs he has designed and managed work in 50 different airlines around the globe. Paul presided over the creation of the First Qantas Cadet Program with a University and has worked closely with other colleagues to develop cadet programs with other Airlines.
He has been awarded Australias highest honours in University Teaching and Learning. Paul is very active in Aviation Safety research and is currently supervising around a dozen Doctoral research projects all with active Industry participation. Before starting his University career Professor Bates was a commissioned Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force and also enjoyed gliding and private flying. He is a Member of the Australian Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency Panel of Experts and a member of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic Qualifications.
Professor Bates has a lifetime of experience in Aviation and higher education and he continues to work closely with Airlines, International Organisations and young people and this gives him a unique perspective on this industry.