Professor Margaret Harding

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
BSc (Hons), PhD, DSc, Sydney

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies, policies and systems to maintain and enhance the University's achievements and overall research performance.

The portfolio's key roles are to:

  • Develop strategies in research information, infrastructure and research integrity that enhance and facilitate the University's research mission.
  • Implement research infrastructure strategies that support and enhance the research activities and priorities of the University.
  • Work collaboratively with College Heads to ensure that ANU attracts and retains outstanding researchers and Higher Degree by Research students.
  • Provide leadership and oversight of the University's engagement with Australian and international Government agencies, international research alliances and external partnerships.
  • Enhance quality and standards in research training and education.
  • Oversee academic promotions and provide policy leadership that encourages and supports high quality promotion outcomes.

Professor Margaret Harding was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at The Australian National University in June 2012. She is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies, policies and systems to maintain and enhance achievements and overall research performance of the University. She is a Director on the Boards of ANU Enterprise, Australian Scientific Instruments, National Computational Infrastructure and an alternate Director on the Board of ANU Connect Ventures.

Professor Harding held the positions of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) from 2008-2012, and inaugural Dean of Graduate Research at UNSW from 2005 -2009. She has been a director on the Boards of the UNSW Foundation, Neuroscience Research Australia, an alternate Director on the Board of Bionic Vision Australia, and was a member of the 2011 NSW State Government Review of Health and Medical Research Panel and of the ARC Advisory Council from 2011-2012.

Professor Harding holds PhD (1987) and DSc (2002) degrees from the University of Sydney. She held postdoctoral positions at the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France and the University of Cambridge, before returning to Australia and an academic position at the University of Sydney. Professor Harding's current research interests are in biological and medicinal chemistry with a particular focus on antifreeze proteins and molecular recognition of DNA. She has published over 110 research articles, been awarded the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Rennie and Biota Medals, and held Australian Academy of Science Fellowships in France, UK and USA. She has been a member of the ARC College of Experts (Physics, Chemistry and Geosciences), ARC Federation Fellowship selection panel and has served as Chair of the ARC International Linkage and ARC Scrutiny Committees and on the Editorial Boards of Medicinal Chemistry and MiniReviews in Medicinal Chemistry. 

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