Vice-Chancellor Professor Duncan Maskell reappointed for second term

Professor Duncan Maskell
University Chancellor, Allan Myers AC QC said Professor Maskell has proven to be a resilient and strong leader.

The University of Melbourne has today confirmed the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Duncan Maskell, has been reappointed for a second term. This was approved at the University Council meeting today.

Professor Maskell has successfully guided the institution through the historic challenge presented by the ongoing global pandemic. In the face of uncertainty, the University rapidly adapted and transformed the learning experience for its students and made a significant contribution to the national and global efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and to inform government policy responses and public education.

The careful and prudent approach to financial management has stabilised the University from the effects of the pandemic. Strong financial results have enabled the University to prioritise support for its students and staff, and despite the challenging and highly competitive environment, research income has also increased during this time.

The University has maintained its position as a global leader, recording strong performances in both the Academic Ranking of World Universities and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The University of Melbourne Chancellor, Allan Myers AC QC, said: “Under Professor Maskell's leadership, the University has continued to be an outstanding place of education and research across a wide range of disciplines and has established a range of new initiatives and partnerships with government, industry and the community to deliver tangible benefits for society.

“With increasing competition for talent and the need for investment in knowledge and innovation locally and globally, the role and capacity of great universities to take a lead has never been more important.

“Under extraordinary circumstances, Professor Maskell has proven to be a resilient and strong leader, remaining focused on the University’s academic mission. He will continue to guide the University of Melbourne beyond the challenges of the pandemic towards a successful future in the years to come.”

In May 2020, Professor Maskell introduced Advancing Melbourne 2030, the strategic framework which outlines the aspirations and direction that will guide the University for the next decade.

Key initiatives include the advancement of research and education in Indigenous knowledge systems, climate change and infectious diseases to name but a few. Continued investment in the University’s campuses, precincts and partnerships, locally and globally, to further strengthen collaboration and act as both an enabler and accelerator of impact and innovation. Many of these initiatives will continue to grow in the years to come, making a significant difference to students and research, shaping the future of Melbourne and the next generation of leaders.

This year, Professor Maskell marked the conclusion of the University’s Believe Campaign which finished at the end of 2021, having exceeded its dual goals of raising $1 billion in philanthropic support and engaging 100,000 alumni in the life of the University since 2013. The support and gifts received through the Campaign will continue to deliver positive impact for generations to come.

During his time at the University, Professor Maskell has assembled a diverse and talented senior leadership team, making steady progress in gender representation at senior levels. Under Professor Maskell’s leadership, the University has also appointed the first Deputy Vice-Chancellor (People and Community).

Professor Duncan Maskell said: “I thank the University Council for giving me the privilege to continue to lead this great institution.

“Throughout the pandemic, I have been fortunate to be supported by a strong University community made up of our staff, students, alumni and partners. Their collective efforts have ensured that the University of Melbourne is well-positioned to advance the state and national interest and continue to make vital contributions to Australia’s standing on the world stage.

“I am excited to work with our senior team in the years ahead as we further strengthen the institutional culture and deliver internationally-recognised teaching and research.”