The Provost leads the Melbourne Students and Learning Division and is the standing deputy to the Vice Chancellor.
Professor Margaret Sheil
Professor Margaret Sheil has been the Provost at the University of Melbourne since April 2012. In that role she leads the Melbourne Students and Learning Division which delivers the full range of student services and activities. She is also responsible for academic staffing and a range of other academic and Faculty issues. The Provost is the standing deputy to the Vice Chancellor.
From 2007 to 2012, Professor Sheil was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (ARC) and led the development of a range of new funding schemes and the Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation of Australian University Research. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and a member of the Advisory Council of the Science Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF).
Professor Sheil is currently the Education Specialist on the Board of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO. She has previously been a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Innovation and Engineering Council, the National Research Infrastructure Council and the Cooperative Research Centres Committee. Prior to joining the ARC, Professor Sheil had been Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Dean of Science and a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wollongong.
She has a PhD and BSc(Hons) in Chemistry from the University of New South Wales.