After an extensive international search, Professor Kate McGrath has been appointed as the University of Technology Sydney’s next Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research. She will join UTS in May.
UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs said Professor McGrath’s career as a scientist, academic and research leader was impressive. “We are excited to think about what UTS can achieve with her help and leadership,” Professor Brungs said.
Professor McGrath, an Australian, comes to UTS from the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), where she has been the Vice-Provost, Research, for the past three years. Under her leadership, Victoria University achieved significant increases in external research income, inventions, and PhD applications and enrolments.
Before becoming Vice-Provost, she was Director of The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, a New Zealand Government-funded Centre of Research Excellence.
Professor McGrath gained a BSc (Honours) in Chemistry from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, before completing her PhD at the Australian National University in Canberra. A stint as a post-doctoral fellow with the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris followed, then two years as a Research Fellow at Princeton in the United States.
Returning to New Zealand, she spent the next six years at the University of Otago as a researcher and academic, before joining Victoria University of Wellington in 2004. She was promoted to Professor of Chemistry at VUW, and in 2011 became Director of the MacDiarmid Institute. The Institute – consisting of around 80 scientists – thrived under her scientific direction and leadership. This led to the successful re-funding of the institute through to 2020, with a $41 million budget – the third-largest grant ever awarded in New Zealand.
Professor McGrath’s varied CV also includes roles as Chair of various start-up companies and national committees. She has taught extensively, developed curriculum and new degrees, supervised students and published 80 papers. She has also worked to help primary school and early childhood teachers in New Zealand introduce STEM into their classrooms.