Research role for McGrath
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.