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ANU’s Ian Young to step down

ANU News    |    12 February 2015

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Vice-chancellor of the Australian National University and current chair of the Group of Eight universities, Professor Ian Young, will step down from the position when his current term expires next year and return to research and teaching.

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Professor Young was appointed vice-chancellor of the ANU in Canberra in 2011 and was previously IanYoungvice-chancellor of Swinburne University.

By February 2016, I will have served as a Vice-Chancellor for 13 years in two universities, and in senior executive roles in four institutions over more than 20 years. I have found my time at ANU enormously satisfying. This is a remarkable institution and it has been a great honour to serve as its Vice-Chancellor at a time of enormous change in the Higher Education sector.

Professor Young has remained research active throughout his time in senior executive roles, including presently holding two ARC Discovery Grants, and he indicated that a key factor governing his decision was a desire to return to more intense research activity.

My research interests are presently focused on the understanding of marine environmental extremes. This is a particularly important area in a time of significant climate change and I am keen to be able to devote more time to this critical issue. I plan to join the Centre for Ocean Engineering, Science and Technology at Swinburne University in a research and teaching role, and in addition return to acting as a specialist consultant.

As chairman of the Group of Eight, Professor Young has been a vocal proponent of fee deregulation.

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