Dean Higher Degree Research

The Dean, Higher Degree Research provides the academic leadership, strategic direction and oversight of the University's Higher Degree Research Programs (PhD, MPhil, Higher Doctorates) to ensure delivery of high quality, internationally benchmarked research programmes.

The Dean has responsibility for strategic planning, development and implementation of research training policy and for ensuring a vibrant, supportive and responsive environment for postgraduate research at ANU that enhances the research student experience and delivers excellent student outcomes.

The Dean works collaboratively with College Deans, Associate Deans (Higher Degree Research), University and College Research and Research Training Committees, PARSA, supervisors and professional staff across the University, and the offices of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Global Engagement) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Innovation).

Professor Imelda Whelehan was appointed Dean, Higher Degree Research at The Australian National University in January 2017. Previously she held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Training & Dean of Graduate Research at the University of Tasmania, where she was also Professor in English and Gender Studies. Prior to moving to Australia in 2011 she was Head of Research and Research Students for the Faculty of Arts at De Montfort University, as well as being Director of the Centre for Adaptations. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Council for Graduate Education. She holds PhD and Masters degrees from the University of Nottingham (UK) and a Bachelor honours degree from the University of Kent (UK).

Committee memberships

Academic Board 
Higher Degree Research Committee
University Research Committee

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