Professor Fiona Brooks has been announced as the new Assistant Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research): Development.
Professor Brooks has been with UTS since 2015, working in the Faculty of Health as Associate Dean (Research) and, most recently, as Acting Dean of Health.
She has been integral to the development of the university’s new UTS 2027 Strategy, in particular two initiatives that will drive research forward at UTS: Transforming Society through Connected Research and New Ways of Working.
“UTS’s research profile has had a spectacular uplift over recent years, providing us with an excellent base from which to achieve all that has been outlined in our recently launched UTS 2027 Strategy,” Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Professor Kate McGrath says. “Fiona will be an exceptional leader for the research team and I very much look forward to working with her as we head in exciting new directions.”
Professor Brooks’ own research and expertise in adolescent and child health is internationally recognised and she has worked with a range of funding partners, including the World Health Organisation and the UK government. She was recently awarded a 2019 Discovery Project grant from the Australian Research Council.
In this new role, she will continue to support the implementation of UTS 2027 as well as the university’s forthcoming research strategy. The role will be pivotal in the development of academics, research support staff and higher-degree research students, with the goal of enabling them to realise their potential and drive excellence across the university.
Professor Brooks will start in the role on January 7.