28 March 2014
Three world-class researchers have taken leading roles at RMIT. Here they tell Kate Jones why they’re up for the challenge.
Professor Andrew MacIntyre
Professor Andrew MacIntyre.
Listening is at the top of Professor Andrew MacIntyre’s agenda as he takes up the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor International and Vice-President at RMIT.
Making the move from the Australian National University, Professor MacIntyre is responsible for increasing the University’s global connectivity.
He says that in seeking to build RMIT’s already impressive international reputation, he will be listening to the perspectives of staff and students.
“My first priority is to do a lot of listening and to get around, initially, to much of the Melbourne-based RMIT community and hear the interests and priorities there,“ he says.
“Shortly thereafter I will connect with RMIT’s campuses outside central Melbourne and hear what the priorities, enthusiasms and aspirations are.“
Professor MacIntyre says his role at the ANU as Dean, College of Asia and the Pacific Director, has prepared him well for his new position. Combined with his expertise in political science, MacIntyre is bringing a wealth of experience to the University.
RMIT has three campuses in Australia, two in Vietnam and a centre in Spain, and partnership programs in Hong Kong, mainland China, Singapore, Indonesia, Laos, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Sri Lanka.
Professor Calum Drummond
Professor Calum Drummond.
Professor Calum Drummond, former Group Executive for Manufacturing, Materials and Minerals at CSIRO, is RMIT’s new Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President.
At RMIT, he is leading a new research group advancing the understanding of molecular self-assembly and particle and surface behaviour in liquids.
“Throughout my career I’ve been heavily involved with other organisations, including an extended secondment period as Vice-President Research at an Intel portfolio company, CAP-XX,“ he says.
At CSIRO, Professor Drummond oversaw the work of 1,300 researchers and an annual budget of $250 million, contracting more than 2,000 firms a year to address their business needs. These firms ranged from global Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing and General Electric to Australian SMEs.
Professor Drummond says his extensive experience in connecting the research and business worlds will stand him in good stead at RMIT.
“I’ll be working with my new colleagues at RMIT to ensure that much of the research is translated to innovation, which assists to deliver economic, societal or environmental impact. In particular I have a strong interest and passion for the commercialisation of research outcomes.“
Professor Paul Gough
Title: Portrait of Lecturer Paul Gough
Artist: Glynn Wyles
Medium: Oil on board
Professor Paul Gough has been appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor of RMIT’s College of Design and Social Context and Vice-President. He comes from the University of the West of England in Bristol, England, where he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).
Professor Gough says he is relishing the opportunity to build on his experiences. “I’m a strong believer in a university playing an active and honest part in the life of a city; higher education has a mission to engage with the civic life of the city, state and the region,“ he says.
His interests lie in the iconography of commemoration, the cultural geographies of battlefields and the representation of peace and conflict.
In the midst of taking up his new position at RMIT, Gough will help curate three exhibitions in London and Bristol, complete a book on two major war artists and act in an advisory role for the Royal Mint about the design and iconography of a suite of commemorative coins.
Professor Gough says he is determined to boost RMIT’s research profile and global reputation by inspiring staff.
“There is no magic wand to building any institution’s research profile, but if we delegate and empower the right people and their teams, if we can offer the right support for bidding, and if we can achieve innovative synergies between the disparate parts of the organisation then we can achieve anything we set our hearts and minds to,“ he says.
This story was first published in RMIT's Making Connections magazine.
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