After An International Search, Melbourne Picks Cambridge’s Professor Duncan Maskell

It has been announced by  University of Melbourne Chancellor Allan Myers AC QC the appointment of Professor Duncan Maskell as the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne. Professor Maskell will commence in the role in October 2018.

Below is an excerpt from an announcement that I received from the University outlining his background and experience…

“Professor Maskell is currently the Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge. Within this senior leadership role at Cambridge he exercises overall responsibility for planning and resources, at a globally recognised higher education institution with an annual turnover of nearly £2 billion.

Professor Maskell is a Cambridge graduate and research specialist in infectious diseases. His academic career has included work at the Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, and Wellcome Biotech, as well as professorial and leadership roles in the Cambridge Department of Veterinary Medicine and the Cambridge School of the Biological Sciences. He has published more than 250 research papers and is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

In addition to these academic and university leadership achievements Professor Maskell has co-founded four biotech companies, and brings strong experience in innovation investment funds. The Council has selected Professor Maskell to lead the University of Melbourne after an extensive global search which yielded a brilliant field of Australian and international applicants.

Allan Myers AC QC”

Some other interesting information that The Australian published about Professor Duncan Maskell’s background includes

  • He had a working-class upbringing in North London.
  • His father was a “jobbing plumber”.
  • He went to government school.
  • He was first in his family to go to university.
  • He reckons the University of Melbourne can rise even higher than its current 39th position in the Shanghai ranking.