Appointments, achievements of the week

Design industry maven Karen Webster joins art and design college LCI Melbourne as dean and principal.

The Australian Council of Graduate Research announces its excellence in research training awards; graduate research supervision, Rod Barrett, Griffith University, graduate research leadership, Alex Boussioutas, Uni Melbourne and industry engagement in graduate research, Siobhan Banks (Uni SA).

Melissa Conley Tyler is director of diplomacy at the University of Melbourne’s Asialink.  She moves from the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Wendy Lacey will move to the University of Canberra in July to become dean of business, government and law. She is now dean of law at the University of South Australia.

Jennifer Rowe receives an hon doc from Western Sydney UniversityMs Rowe is a sometime publisher and an author of crime fiction and books for children, (the former not for the latter).

The University of Wollongong has awarded a hon doc to Philip ClarkMr Clark chaired the 2016 research infrastructure review.

The University of Adelaide has awarded hon docs to; Julia Gillard,  Peter Hoj (VC Uni Queensland) Caroline McMillen, (Chief Scientist of South Australia) and Hugh Possingham, (professorial fellow, UoQ).

Reading researcher and education-policy maven Jennifer Buckingham leaves the Centre for Independent Studies for MULTILIT, “a research-based initiative of Macquarie University, assisting children with reading difficulties since 1995.”

Monash U confirms Sarah Newton as PVC (Enterprise) she has acted in the role since September 2017.

Clive Barstow is the new president of the Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts. Professor Barstow was the council’s founding VP and steps up to replace inaugural president, Su BakerProfessor Barstow is executive dean, arts and humanities at Edith Cowan U.

La Trobe U’s Jenny Graves is elected a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences. Professor Graves won the 2017 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science for her work on genomics in animal biology, ecology and conservation.

Carolyn Varley is leaving her corporate comms leadership position at the University of Queensland – she is moving to the Queensland Mental Health Commission. Kim Lyell will act until a permanent appointment is made.


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