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New V-C appointed at Flinders

Flinders News   |    17 April 2014

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Flinders University has appointed Curtin University’s Colin Stirling to become its new vice-chancellor from the start of next year.

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Flinders University has appointed Curtin University’s Colin Stirling to become its new vice-chancellor from the start of next year.

Colin-StirlingCurrently Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Curtin University, Professor Stirling has been a research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and held senior executive positions in a 20-year career at the University of Manchester before relocating to Western Australia in 2011.

Stirling will succeed Michael Barber who retires at the end of the year.

A molecular geneticist, Stirling has a distinguished scientific record having published extensively in a wide range of leading journals and having won a series of prestigious prizes and awards. Born and educated in Scotland, he graduated in biological sciences from the University of Edinburgh then went on to his doctoral studies in genetics at the University of Glasgow. He spent most of his academic career as Professor of Genetics at the University of Manchester – ranked in the world’s top 50 – and has held several prestigious research fellowships including the Lister Jenner Research Fellowship, a Royal Society Wolfson Research Fellowship and earlier a NATO Research Fellowship at UC Berkeley in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Randy Schekman.

Professor Stirling’s appointment adds to the long list of ex-Curtin executives who have gone on to vice-chancellorships in recent years. These include Linda Kristjanson at Swinburne University, Greg Craven at Australian Catholic University, Barney Glover at Charles Darwin University and now University of Western Sydney, Jane den Hollander at Deakin University and Peter Lee at Southern Cross.

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