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Prof Greg Leigh

Greg Leigh is the Director of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Renwick Centre and Conjoint Professor of Education at The University of Newcastle, NSW.

Conjoint Professor Greg Leigh began his career in education of the deaf at the Queensland School for the Deaf in Brisbane in 1979. He holds degrees in Special Education from Griffith University; a Master of Science (Speech and Hearing) degree from Washington University (Central Institute for the Deaf) in the USA; and a PhD in Special Education from Monash University. In 2001 he was made a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators.

Professor Leigh held a variety of positions in the education of deaf children in Queensland before entering academia. He was co-ordinator of the program in education of the deaf at Deakin University from 1987 until taking up the position of Senior Lecturer and foundation Head of Renwick College in 1993. In 2003 he was International Visiting Scholar at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (Rochester Institute of Technology), New York. As Chair of RIDBC Renwick Centre, he is a member of the executive management team of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.

Professor Leigh is active in research and has published widely on aspects of education of deaf children and related areas. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Deafness and Education International and Phonetics and Speech Sciences. He serves on several Australian Government consultative committees including the New South Wales Ministerial Standing Committee on Hearing and the National Neonatal Hearing Screening Working Party. He is currently chairman of the Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Committee. He is a former National President of the Education Commission for the World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf and is Chair of the International Steering Committees of both the Asia-Pacific Congress on Deafness (APCD) and the International Congress on Education of the Deaf (ICED).

Research interests

  • Newborn hearing Screening - implementation and standards for delivery
  • Communications access by deaf and hearing impaired children and adults (captions and related media accessibility)
  • Teachers' use of simultaneous communication
  • Children's reception and use of simultaneous communication
  • Literacy development in deaf children and adults