The week’s big appointments and achievements

Cheryl Saunders is elected a corresponding fellow of the British Academy. Laureate Professor Saunders is a constitutional lawyer at the University of Melbourne.

Oxford U academic Antone Martinho-Truswell is appointed inaugural dean of Graduate House, at St Paul’s College, which is “within” the University of Sydney.  The new facility will house 140 men and women academics and postgraduates. It opens at the start of next year.

The University of Sydney has three new associate deans in the Faculty of Medicine and Health. All three are internal appointments. Victoria Cogger becomes associate dean for research education, Inam Haq is associate dean (education) and Mark McEntee is now AD Student Life.

Cristy Seccombe from Murdoch U’s Animal Hospital is the new president of Equine Veterinarians Australia.

James Quach will work at the University of Adelaide for four years, thanks to funding from the Ramsay Fellowship which funds scientific research (and is definitely not the western civ centre outfit). Dr Quach will work on using the entanglement principle of quantum mechanics to create batteries which share physical properties and can might be able to be simultaneously charged. He moves from the University of Melbourne.

Braden Hill is appointed PVC Equity and Indigenous at Edith Cowan UMr Hill moves from Murdoch U where he was director of Aboriginal education, equity and inclusion.

Janet Currie from UTS is the Australian Teacher Education Association teacher educator of the year. Dr Currie is honoured for a programme targeting primary teachers interested in teaching physical education.

UniSA’s Anthony Elliott will lead the new EU-funded Jean Monet Centre of Excellenceand JM Network, based at the university.  The two ventures will foster Euro-Australian research on Industry 4.0 (AI, internet of things and etc), creative industries and migration and culture.

Mulyadi Robin joins Alphacrucis College as programme director for the master of leadership programme. He moves from Monash U’s business school.

Carina Kemp is AARNET’s new director of e-research. Dr Kemp was previously CIO at GeoSciences Australia.


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