Margaret Sheil has been named the next vice-chancellor of Queensland University of Technology. A leading chemist, Professor Sheil is currently provost, chief academic officer and deputy to the vice-chancellor at the University of Melbourne. She was previously chief executive officer of the Australian Research Council from 2007 to 2012, which saw her oversee the creation of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation, the country’s version of the UK’s research excellence framework. QUT’s chancellor Tim Fairfax said Professor Sheil was “an entrepreneurial and inspirational leader who will continue to take our institution into the future with clarity and confidence”.
Jennie Younger is the new executive director for fundraising and supporter development at King’s College London. Arriving from pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, where she was head of global corporate affairs, Ms Younger will lead the King’s fundraising, alumni engagement, communications and operations teams for the university and its academic health science centre, King’s Health Partners. Ed Byrne, president and principal of King’s, said: “Jennie’s global corporate insight, stakeholder relationship skills and proven strategic focus are qualities that will add considerable value to fulfilling our ambitions for the future and our vital fundraising and supporter development activity.”
Tim Minshall has been appointed Dr John C. Taylor professor of innovation at the University of Cambridge, where he is currently reader in technology and innovation management.
Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, president of the European Research Council for almost four years, has been reappointed to the role for another two years until the end of 2019.
Lois Finch is to become assistant principal at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in January, joining from Royal Northern College of Music where she is head of undergraduate programmes.