Meet the team
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Professor Sakkie Pretorius is responsible for the development and strategic enhancement of Macquarie University's research and innovation profile.
The portfolio responsibility includes developing and implementing strategies for improving research quality, capacity and capability across the University while maximising research funding streams, collaborations and higher degree research enrolment and completions.
In addition to consulting with the University community on the creation of the Strategic Research Framework (2015–2024), the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) promotes the framework’s four research objectives and five research priorities.
The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) portfolio is a shared leadership position, held by Professor Lesley Hughes (Research Integrity and Development) and by Professor Peter Nelson (Research Performance and Innovation).
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity and Development)
This portfolio contributes to strategic development and oversight to improve researcher development and research integrity across the University. The portfolio:
- oversees researcher development, in collaboration with faculties and offices, and leads policy and professional development programs for early-career researchers
- contributes to the implementation ofgender equity initiatives and programs
- manages, in collaboration with the Director, Research Ethics and Integrity, issues relating to research ethics and integrity, including investigations of research misconduct.
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Performance and Innovation)
This portfolio works to sustain and grow the University’s research profile through the development and implementation of strategies to build research innovation, capacity and capability and leverage commercialisation opportunities.
- leads the University’s Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) Engagement and Impact Assessment submissions
- oversees the University’s intellectual property and commercialisation activities through the Intellectual Property Commercialisation Advisory Committee (IPCAC)
- provides strategic direction and support for the Macquarie University Research Centres Scheme
- builds support for eResearch and digital scholarships through the implementation of the Data Science and eResearch Strategy.
Research Assessment and Metrics
- The Research Assessment and Metrics team analyses the strategic reporting needs of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) portfolio, plans and manages the collaborative process of producing the University’s submissions to the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) and Engagement and Impact evaluations, and disseminates guidance to researchers on identifying best-practice publishers (visit Strategic publishing).
The Research Office works in partnership with colleagues across the University’s research ecosystem to deliver the following research support services:
- Contracts and policy team
Reviews, drafts, negotiates and arranges execution of all research-related contracts and agreements with external organisations; manages the Institutional Biosafety Committee; manages the Defence Trade Controls panel and export control licences and permits; and develops, maintains and updates research policy.
- Pre-award team
Assists researchers in identifying grant funding sources, supports the establishment and maintenance of collaborative research partnerships, provides guidance on the development of high-quality research funding proposals, ensures that applications comply with funding rules, and manages all research funding submissions on behalf of the University.
- Post-award and reporting team
Assists researchers in managing the life cycle of funded research projects; provides data and systems expertise to support major research data submissions, including ERA; supports all internal and external research data reporting; provides business support for research databases; and maintains data quality.
- Ethics and integrity team
Promotes and supports the embedding of research integrity into researchers’ everyday practice; promotes adherence to the Macquarie University Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research; and manages ethics committees, including the assessment and approval process for animal and human research.
Dean, Higher Degree Research
The Dean, Higher Degree Research, works with the Higher Degree Research Office and faculties to ensure the quality of research training at Macquarie University, in terms of academic curriculum and outcomes as well as the quality of candidate experience.
The Dean oversees higher degree research (HDR) policy, application criteria, scholarship ranking and examination outcomes, and provides formal and informal support to HDR candidates. The Dean’s office is home to the HDR Support and Development team.
This team consists of four programs that complement and build on each other: the HDR Supervision Enhancement Program, which guarantees the quality of HDR supervision at Macquarie; the HDR Learning Skills Program, focused on providing academic support for candidates, especially in relation to research communication; the HDR Professional Development Program, focused on developing employability of HDR candidates and HDR internship experiences, and the HDR Mentors Program, which is a peer-led community of HDR candidates working to support each other.
These programs actively collaborate with Macquarie’s research community and faculties, as well as industry partners, to create meaningful and exciting opportunities for candidates’ research journey. They are designed to equip candidates with the knowledge and confidence to conduct their research; communicate their insights to broad audiences; and develop sustainable, transferable skills that are attractive to employers across all sectors of society.
The office offers more than 200 workshops, courses and seminars each year, either face to face or online, as well as creating opportunities to engage with other HDR candidates and employer representatives, to ensure candidates have the best experience and opportunities.
Higher Degree Research Office
- The Higher Degree Research Office (HDRO) is within the broad portfolio of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). The office work in collaboration with other portfolios to service and support the needs of research training in pursuing world-leading research with world-changing impacts and the ambitions of the International Research Training Partnerships Framework 2017.
- Our core services relate to the administrative management of the full life cycle of HDR and research training programs (including recruitment, admission, progression and completion) and to the governance of HDR and our Master of Research.
- HDRO is responsible for the governance and management of all internal and external funded scholarships, and for developing partnerships with international funding agencies, such as the China Scholarship Council; the National Sciences Foundation, United States; the European Commission’s Horizon 2020; the German Research Foundation (DFG); the Vietnam International Education Development (VIED); and the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT), Chile.
- HDRO manages international research training partnerships, including Australia’s largest cotutelle, joint PhD and Master of Research exchange program and all co-funded HDR programs. The office is responsible for developing and maintaining partnership programs, such as the trilateral partnership – funded by the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) – between Macquarie, the University of Hamburg (Germany) and Fudan University (China), and for running annual cotutelle and joint PhD workshops.
Office of Commercialisation and Innovation
The Office of Commercialisation and Innovation team works with Macquarie’s researchers to transfer the results of their research into products and services that benefit industry and the wider community. In 2016, the office consulted with the University community on the creation of the Research Engagement, Impact and Commercialisation Framework. The office intersects with all organisational units in our innovation ecosystem, and in many respects, it is the centre of our collaborative and cooperative approach to maximising the potential of Macquarie’s innovation pipeline.
- Macquarie University’s IP Guiding Principles support our obligation to add value to research while committing to efficient and effective research partnerships. Timeliness, transparency and entrepreneurship are integral components of these principles.
- The office supports staff and students with commercialisation and entrepreneurial endeavours, including identifying innovations, intellectual property protection and commercialisation strategies (including start-ups). The office secure commercial deals that create community impact and highlight Macquarie’s world-class research.