The University of Wollongong has gone far and wide to appoint new academics for its newly formed School of Liberal Arts.
The school is where the first cohort of "Ramsay Scholars" will complete their Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation course.
UOW announced on Friday that 30 students have been chosen to each receive $150,000 over five years.
They will study the course funded by the Ramsay Centre, established by the late healthcare businessman Paul Ramsay.
Four other students have signed up for the course without the $30,000 per year scholarship.
UOW also announced it had appointed five academics to work at the School of Liberal Arts.
The experienced "exceptional" lecturers from around Australia and the world are Dr Cathy Mason, Dr Anthony Hooper, Dr Elena Walsh, Dr Talia Morag and Dr Bernardo Ainbinder.
Georgine Clarsen, the UOW branch president of the National Tertiary Education Union said 'affordable good quality education, adequate financial support and small class sizes should be available to all Australian students".
"We invite these new lecturers, who have been appointed on short term contracts, to join our union and contribute our campaign to win secure work for all tertiary sector employees," Ms Clarsen said.
Dr Mason completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge and joins UOW from the University of Oxford. She has worked primarily in metaethics, moral epistemology, aesthetics and philosophy.
Dr Hooper who has focused on the intersections between Greek philosophy, poetry and religion, joins UOW from Durham University in the UK.
Dr Walsh specialises in the philosophy of the mind and the philosophy of science. She completed her PhD at the University of Sydney.
Dr Morag, who completed her PhD at the University of Sydney and joins UOW from Deakin University, has a background in philosophical psychology, psychoanalytic philosophy and ethics.
Dr Ainbinder, who completed his PhD at the University of Buenos Aires and joins UOW from Diego Portales University in Chile, specialises in phenomenology, classics and the history of philosophy.
UOW executive dean of the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts Professor Colin Picker said further academic appointments to the School will be announced in the near future.
"We are thrilled to welcome these brilliant minds and talents to the School of Liberal Arts. They bring a passion and curiosity that is vital to the study of humanities and liberal arts," Professor Picker said.