Specialised Higher Education Recruitment

UniRecruit is not a typical search recruitment agency. Since opening our doors in June 2009, we have grown quickly and our client list includes a number of Australia and New Zealand’s most prominent metropolitan and regional universities.

UniRecruit is a specialist higher education search firm, servicing leading universities and tertiary institutions across Australia and New Zealand.

We take a proactive approach to finding the right person for the role, leveraging our extensive networks through the sector to reach highly qualified candidates around the globe.

We understand our clients’ needs as only specialists can.  All of our Directors and Senior Consultants have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the higher education sector, including as senior Human Resources leaders within universities.

We are agile and responsive to client needs, meaning we get outstanding results, quickly, with a thorough but flexible recruitment process that moves as fast as our clients.

We are committed to building strong, lasting relationships with both our clients and candidates, and we are serious about satisfaction.  We stand behind a 12-month guarantee on all new appointments, but are proud that we have never been required to repeat a recruitment process under the guarantee since our establishment in 2009.

AIE Institute


Vicki De Margheriti

“UniRecruit was able to guide us through the recruitment process and set appropriate expectations with both us and the candidates. Graham MacAulay took care to understand our requirements and the specialised nature of the discipline area before he and his support team conducted an extensive search. We were provided with a strong selection of potential candidates and were able to fill a critical role within our organisation in a relatively short timeframe. We greatly valued Graham’s expertise and knowledge sharing ability and wouldn’t hesitate to work with him again”.

Australian Institute of Business (AIB)

Human Resources Director

Helen O’Brien

“Over the last year, we have partnered with UniRecuit to assist us in filling a wide range of roles vital to the continued success of the Australian Institute of Business (AIB).  These roles include Heads of Discipline at professorial level,  together with a number of other academic and senior administrative roles.  UniRecruit has consistently provided outstanding support and AIB is delighted to continue our partnership with them into the future.”


Executive Dean, Faculty of Health

Professor Ross Young

“Graham MacAulay oversaw the recruitment of two new Heads of School for the Faculty of Health at QUT. This required an international search and significant liaison with candidates and the Faculty. Graham undertook these tasks in a highly professional and engaged manner. He was well organised and diligent with follow up and engaged candidates in a manner that was both firm and warm. His follow up to me as Executive Dean was very strong, regular and proactive. Similarly the assistance with the interview process via the provision of high quality reports was excellent. Graham has also followed up with the two successful candidates and myself in a comprehensive and effective manner.

I can highly recommend Graham to other higher education institutions engaged in recruitment for top academic talent and would be happy to furnish testimonial evidence should that be needed”

Australian College of Theology, Sydney

Chair Board of Directors

Richard Cardew

“UniRecruit did an excellent job in our search for a CEO and Dean of a college consortium. Our goal required high level search and evaluation skills, appreciation of a faith based organisation and capacity to collaborate with highly experienced board members. Michael met our requirements in full and worked alongside us in a way that made the process successful, memorable and mutually rewarding.”

Western Sydney University

Executive Director Human Resources

Susan Hudson

“Over the past few years we have engaged Ian Pike from UniRecruit for a number of our search assignments. We have had experience in some of our past assignments that we managed ourselves or used other search firms, where we did not make an appointment. In contrast, Ian has delivered a very good field of candidates for each assignment and, as a result, we have been able to make quality appointments.
When Ian undertakes a search assignment, I am confident he really understands our needs and is therefore able to generate the best possible field of candidates. He partners with us in a very genuine way to enable the best outcome for Western Sydney University.”

CQUniversity Australia

Director, People and Culture

Barbara Miller

“I have found UniRecruit to be highly responsive and in tune with our recruitment needs.  Michael and his team know the business, so you know they are looking for not only someone with the skills and qualifications, but also the attitude that fits our University culture.  They make the process so easy and take care of the administrative burden that comes with recruiting senior staff.  I fully recommend their services.”




Massey University

Assistant Vice-Chancellor Research, Academic & Enterprise

Professor Giselle Byrnes

“Geoff Summers of UniRecruit New Zealand provided a first-rate professional service which delivered an excellent result for Massey University. Geoff was thorough in his research, clear and regular in all communications and managed the process with a high degree of skill and discretion. UniRecruit’s point of difference is that they are highly agile, customise to the client’s needs, know the international higher education sector well and draw on their extensive networks. Working with Geoff and UniRecruit feels like a genuine and authentic partnership. I can highly recommend UniRecruit’s services.”