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Diplomat appointed new UQ chancellor

Peter Varghese

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade secretary Peter Varghese will step down next year to take over as chancellor at the University of Queensland. The university’s senate voted to appoint Varghese to the position on Monday night. Prime Minister Malcolm ...

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Strictly speaking | KELP


Kelp is an old word for seaweed, especially for the biggest in the family, the so-called giant kelp found on the Pacific coasts of America. Over the centuries, it was used in agriculture as a fertiliser, and as a pre-industrial ...

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UQ tech institute picks director


Professor Alan Rowan has been appointed director for the University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN). Rowan has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles with more than 12,000 citations. He expressed his enthusiasm for his new role ...

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Griffith names business school PVC


Professor David Grant has been appointed pro vice-chancellor for the business school at Griffith University. Grant is currently the senior deputy dean at the University of New South Wales Business School. Prior to that, he was co-dean of the University ...

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New fishery research head at Bond


Bond University will welcome Dr Daryl McPhee as the new director of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC). McPhee will help guide the research and investment efforts of the FRDC and play a role in investing producer and taxpayer ...

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USQ VC to lead regional uni group


University of Southern Queensland vice-chancellor Jan Thomas has been named the new chair of the Regional Universities Network (RUN). Thomas, who will replace Southern Cross University vice-chancellor professor Peter Lee, said she was looking forward to her new role. “I’m ...

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FedUni VC to retire


Federation University Australia vice-chancellor professor David Battersby has announced that he will retire in the second half of 2016. Battersby was appointed vice-chancellor in 2006. “My decade as vice-chancellor has been the highlight of my academic career, which has spanned ...

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Melbourne adds VC’s fellow


The University of Melbourne has named Noel Pearson a vice-chancellor’s fellow. Coming from the Guugu Yimidhirr community of Hope Vale, Pearson has for decades advanced native title reform and economic development and social policy for the people of Cape York Peninsula. “I am ...

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Strictly speaking | BOOKANEER


Bookaneer looks like a modern coinage – a word invented to make reading more attractive to small children by associating it with pirates. Indeed, an episode of the popular TV show for young learners, Sesame Street, has Elmo joining the ...

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Curtin Public Health School picks chief


Professor Rachel Huxley has been appointed Curtin University’s new head of the School of Public Health. Huxley joins Curtin after her appointment as chair of epidemiology at the University of Queensland. Professor Michael Berndt, Curtin pro-vice chancellor of health sciences, says Huxley is ...

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