Hayden Ramsay is leaving the University of Notre Dame Australia

Hayden Ramsay is pictured with UNDA Prof Tracey Rowland (second from left), Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP of Sydney, and UNDA Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond on March 13 2017 at the launch of Prof Rowland’s book, Catholic Theology. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Hayden Ramsay, Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and effectively the chief administrator of the University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) in Sydney, is leaving the university.

UNDA Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond announced the news to staff in a memorandum on 23 May, stating that it was “with sadness” that she was making the news known.

His term at the helm of Notre Dame’s Broadway campus in Sydney will formally end on 30 June.

Prof Ramsay has been a presence at the Broadway campus since its opening in 2006 after the university spread east from Fremantle, Western Australia, at the invitation of the then-Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell.

Prof Ramsay, a philosopher and orator, took up the position of Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at Broadway on January 1 2006, going on to head the School of Philosophy and Theology in March 2007. He has been the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Sydney Campus since January 2008.

“I know how many of you will share my sadness with Hayden’s leaving, and some of you may, understandably, be surprised by it, particularly those on the Sydney Campus who have only ever known the university with Hayden playing a leading role within it,” Prof Celia Hammond told staff in the memorandum.

“For all of you (who) have worked with Hayden over these preceding years, you will know that his departure will be a significant loss for the university, in many different ways.

“Our university has been made stronger through Hayden’s commitment to the Objects of the University, his championing of the integration of faith and reason and the Catholic intellectual tradition and his wise and rational counsel.”

No replacement has been announced.