Appointments, achievements of the summer

The University of Wollongong has appointed five lecturers to its new School of Liberal arts, which will teach its Ramsay western civ-centre funded BA; Bernardo Ainbinder (history of philosophy), Anthony Hooper (ancient philosophy), Cathy Mason (discipline not reported but believed to be a philosopher), Talia Morag (philosophical psychology and ethics), Elena Walsh (philosophy of mind and of science).

Claire Annesley is moving to the University of NSW to become dean of arts and social sciences. She leaves the University of Sussex, where she is deputy PVC for Equalities and Diversity.

Tanya Buchanan is the new chair of NEAS (“Quality assurance in education and training). Ms Buchanan joined the board in June. She is CEO of the Thoracic Society of ANZ. She replaces Denise Taylor.

Caroline Dunne joins Griffith U as chief of staff to VC Carolyn Evans. She joins from QUT where she was business transformation lead in Research Services.

Ian Henderson moves from deputy director, research to director at the University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience.

Monash U provost, Marc Parlange is awarded the American Meteorological Society’s 2020 hydrological sciences medal. He is an environmental fluid mechanics researcher.

Helen Partridge join Deakin U in March, as PVC teaching and learning. Professor Partridge will move from Uni Southern Queensland, where she is PVC E.

The ultra-astute, definitively daunting Belinda Robinson is interim VC at the University of Canberra. Paddy Nixon, (VC Uni Ulster, ex DVC R Uni Tas), is scheduled to take-over in June. Ms Robinson is VP, strategy, joining Uni Canberra in 2018 from the CEO position at the Universities Australia.

Michael Sankey is the new president of the Australian Council on Open, Distance and e-Learning. Professor Sankey is the deputy director in Learning Futures at Griffith U.

Cindy Shannon joins Griffith U as inaugural PVC Indigenous. Professor Shannon experience includes senior appointments at QUT and Uni Queensland.