The Provost leads Chancellery (Academic and International) and is the standing deputy to the Vice Chancellor.

Professor Margaret Sheil

Professor Margaret Sheil

Professor Margaret Sheil has been the Provost at the University of Melbourne since April 2012.

From 2007 to 2012, Professor Sheil was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (ARC), where she 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 (FRACI), the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE), and was made an inaugural Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry (FANZSMS) in February 2014.

Professor Sheil is a member of the Australia Indonesia Committee, the, Advisory Council of the CSIRO Science Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF), a member of the University’s Advisory Board for Coursera since 2012, the Clunies Ross Awards Committee of ATSE and is the Education Specialist on the Board of the Australian National Selection 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 and had held research positions at the Australian National University and the University of Utah, USA. She has a PhD and BSc(Hons) in Chemistry from the University of New South Wales.

Contact Details

Raymond Priestley Building
The University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010 Australia
Telephone: +61 3 8344 7290

Ms Melissa Motton

Executive Assistant
Phone: +61 3 8344 7290


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