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

Professor Margaret Sheil AO

Professor Margaret Sheil AO

Professor Sheil was appointed as the Provost at the University of Melbourne in 2012. In this role she is the Chief Academic Officer and Standing Deputy to the Vice Chancellor.

Professor Sheil has been a researcher in the field of chemistry, held senior roles at the University of Wollongong and was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (2007-2012). She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and was made an inaugural Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry (ANZSM). Professor Sheil is a Director of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (Ansto) and Trinity College, University of Melbourne. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the CSIRO Science Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF), the Clunies Ross Awards Committee of ATSE, the Advisory Board of the Australia Indonesia Centre. She has previously been a member of the Advisory Board for Coursera; and a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Innovation and Engineering Council, the National Research Infrastructure Council and the Cooperative Research Centres Committee.

In June 2017, Professor Sheil was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her distinguished service to science and higher education as an academic and administrator, through significant contributions to the national research landscape, and to performance standards.

Professor Sheil holds a Bachelor of Science and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from The University of New South Wales and was presented with the Science and Technology Alumni Award from UNSW in 2016.

Contact Details

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

Ms Carol Boles

Executive Assistant
Phone: +61 3 8344 7290


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