Professor Margaret Sheil has been the Provost at the University of Melbourne since April 2012. She is standing deputy to the Vice Chancellor and is responsible for policy and planning leadership of all teaching, learning and student-related matters, including student recruitment, curriculum and teaching quality and innovation. Her portfolio of responsibilities also includes international strategy, academic staffing and curriculum commercialisation.
From 2007 to 2012, Professor Sheil was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (ARC) and 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 Advisory Council of the CSIRO Science Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF), Chair of 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 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.