Appointments of the week

Sometime British film producer David Puttnam becomes an adjunct professor at RMIT. He is also an ambassador for the university’s appeal to restore Melbourne’s Capitol Theatre as a cinema, education and function venue.

Michelle Lincoln is the new executive dean of the heath faculty at the University of Canberra. She joins from the University of Sydney. She is joined by Eileen McLaughlin as UniCanberra’s new ED of science and technology.Professor McLaughlin now holds appointments at the universities of Auckland and Newcastle.

 Warren Bebbington will chair the board of design college LCI Melbourne, part of a global 21-campus chain, founded in Canada. Professor Bebbington was VC of the University of Adelaide from 2012 until 2017, when family circumstances necessitated a move to Melbourne.

UWA’s David Harrison is moving to Murdoch U. The corporate comms and government relations chief leaves UWA after six years.  According to Murdoch VC Eeva Leinonen he will be responsible for “vice chancellery managerial affairs.”

Mike Brooks is appointed provost at the University of Adelaide.  He takes on oversight of the university’s five faculties in addition to his existing job, DVC R.

James Giggacher returns to Canberra to join the comms team at Universities Australia. He moves from RMIT, prior to which he was at ANU.

Vicki Chen is the new executive dean of  the faculty of engineering, architecture and information technology at the University of QueenslandProfessor Chen joins from UNSW, where she is head of the school of chemical engineering.

Maria Raciti (University of the Sunshine Coast) is 2018 research fellow at Curtin U’s National Centre for Student Equity in Higher EducationAspro Raciti will work on disadvantaged students’ perception of the risks of studying at university.


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