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On the move: November

Davis moves on after 14 years

Australia’s longest-serving VC, Professor Glyn Davis, has left his post at the University of Melbourne. Davis, UniMelb’s 19th VC, took the job in 2005 after a stint as Griffith VC and president.

Davis will return to part-time teaching and also take on a number of other roles, including distinguished professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU and in an honorary capacity as a professor of political science at UniMelb’s Faculty of Arts.

He thanked “the academics and professional staff, the student leaders, union representatives and even the occasional protestors, because each one cares about what happens here”.


New blood for Melbourne

Replacing Professor Glyn Davis as vice-chancellor of the University of Melbourne is Professor Duncan Maskell. An established entrepreneur, Maskell has co-founded four biotech companies, and until August he was at the University of Cambridge, where he held the position of senior pro-vice-chancellor (planning and resources).

UniMelb chancellor Allan Myers, AC, QC, said the university’s council is pleased to welcome Maskell to the university.

“Professor Maskell’s credentials as an entrepreneur and leader, academic and administrator at one of the world’s top universities are outstanding,” he said.


La Trobe snags top teacher

La Trobe University has announced Professor Paul McDermott as its inaugural pro-vice-chancellor (Indigenous).

Currently the director of Flinders University’s two Poche Centres for Indigenous Health and Well-Being (Adelaide and Northern Territory), McDermott has previously been awarded a National Senior Teaching Fellowship from the Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching and has written and lectured extensively in the field of health and Indigenous education.

La Trobe deputy VC Professor Kerri-Lee Krause welcomed the appointment.

“Professor McDermott’s appointment reflects La Trobe’s commitment to expanding our social justice and equity agendas in the Indigenous area,” she said.


Sunshine and Sanderson

Agrifood and intellectual property expert Professor Jay Sanderson is the new head of the USC Law School.

Sanderson, who has been at USC for three years, is keen to see core ethical and decision-making skills instilled in the university’s law students.

“Ethical practice is such a core part of what we do in law and criminology. It needs to be ingrained in our students from the very beginning because they will need to comply with all sorts of standards and codes of conduct,” he said.

Sanderson previously worked as a lecturer at Griffith Law School, where he taught intellectual property, tort law and legal research. He replaces Professor Pam O’Connor who retired in July.


Phillipson new WHO mentor

Dr Lyn Phillipson from the University of Wollongong’s School of Health and Society has been appointed as an age-friendly mentor by the World Health Organization and the International Federation on Ageing.

One of only 20 people named as a mentor for the Age-Friendly Environments Mentoring Programme (MENTOR-AFE), the award-winning academic will provide guidance and support to enable the mentee to develop the specific skills they need to advance their work on age-friendly environments over 12 months.

“This is the first time they have run the program, so to be an inaugural mentor is a real honour,” Phillipson said.


Floridian flavour for Curtin uni

Jason Cowie will be joining Curtin University as CIO starting January 2019. Currently a managing vice-president at Gartner in Florida, Cowie is responsible for developing the university’s data analytics, smart campus, student experience and partnership initiatives, while overseeing the delivery of secure and stable ICT services and infrastructure.

VC Deborah Terry said: “Jason will join Curtin as our new chief information officer next year with more than 25 years’ experience in the IT industry and a successful track record as a business-oriented, innovative and transformational leader”.

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