Professor Margaret Harding

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

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies, policies and systems to achieve the University's strategic goals in research and innovation.

The portfolio's key roles are to:

  • Provide leadership and oversight of the University's research strategies to deliver high quality research outcomes and impact
  • Provide leadership and oversight of the University's strategies in commercialisation, intellectual property, industry and business engagement 
  • Establish and foster strategic partnerships with Australian and international agencies, alliances and external partners that will enhance the University's strategic goals
  • Work collaboratively with College Heads to ensure that ANU attracts and retains outstanding researchers and provides research facilities and infrastructure within an innovative research environment
  • Ensure that Higher Degree by Research students receive research training programs of the highest quality and deliver high levels of student satisfaction.
  • Provide a framework that maintains the highest ethical standards and integrity for the conduct of research.
  • Provide leadership and oversight of academic promotions, including policy leadership that supports high quality promotion outcomes.

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 is a Professor of Chemistry, with research interests in biological and medicinal chemistry. 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.

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