Re­search role for McGrath

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Pro­fes­sor Kate McGrath has been ap­pointed Vic­to­ria Univer­sity’s first vice- provost (re­search).

McGrath, a pro­fes­sor in Vic­to­ria Univer­sity’s school of chem­i­cal and phys­i­cal sci­ence, is cur­rently di­rec­tor of the MacDiarmid In­sti­tute for Ad­vanced Ma­te­ri­als and Nan­otech­nolo­gies.

‘‘We are de­lighted to have some­one of Pro­fes­sor McGrath’s cal­i­bre to take on this im­por­tant role,’’ said Vic­to­ria’s provost pro­fes­sor Neil Quigley.

‘‘She has the ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise needed to en­sure Vic­to­ria’s re­search pro­grammes are in­no­va­tive, high- qual­ity and re­spected.’’

Vic­to­ria is ranked New Zealand’s most re­search-in­ten­sive univer­sity, and Quigley said re­tain­ing that rank­ing and con­tin­u­ing to build its na­tional re­search lead­er­ship would be a fo­cus for McGrath.

McGrath com­pleted a bach­e­lor of sci­ence with hon­ours at the Univer­sity of Can­ter­bury and gained a PhD from the Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity. She moved to Vic­to­ria Univer­sity in 2004.

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