The University of Newcastle, Australia

University of Newcastle says farewell and congratulations to Professor Kevin Hall

Friday, 14 August 2020

The University of Newcastle takes pride in announcing today that Professor Kevin Hall, will be leaving the University in November to take up the distinguished post of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Victoria, Canada.

Professor Kevin Hall

Professor Hall’s impact on the University and our regions has been profound and far-reaching.

University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Alex Zelinsky AO said Professor Hall had played an integral role in establishing many new academic, research and enterprise ventures that have benefited students, staff, and researchers over his seven years in the University.

“As Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, and then through his leadership in the GEP division, Kevin and his team provided the strategy that grew the University’s audited research income from $82 million to $115 million over five successive years. Our ranking in this funding framework went from fourteenth to ninth in the sector under his leadership,” Professor Zelinsky said.

Professor Hall has achieved a great deal in his time with the organisation. Over the past six years the University’s Excellence Research Australia (ERA) has moved from 12 to 30 ERA-5 rankings for research well above world standard. For the past four years, the University of Newcastle has been the number one university in Australia in the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources “Industry Connect” metric.

“This prestigious ranking has enormous flow-on benefits for our regions,” said Professor Zelinsky.

“It encourages strong industry collaboration with local companies, aides in recruitment of leading researchers to our institution and facilitates partnerships with other reputable universities.

“This ranking showcases the University and Newcastle as an innovation epicentre to a global audience.” Professor Zelinsky said.

Adding to his commitment to creating impact and benefits for his regions of influence, Professor Hall was the founder of the Integrated Innovation Network (I2N). He worked in partnership with the City of Newcastle to obtain state funding for the Hunter Innovation Partnership (HIP) which will manifest within the first stage of our Honeysuckle City Campus. The I2N at Honeysuckle will help us provide new opportunities for entrepreneurs and creatives across our region.

Professor Hall is dedicated to the overall advancement of higher education research and is highly regarded in the sector. He was appointed by the Minister of Education as a member of the Australian Research (ARC) Council Advisory Council and has served on many corporate and governing boards including the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), several Cooperative Research Centres, Intersect Australia and the World University Technology Network.

Professor Zelinsky highlighted Professor Hall’s impact further abroad.

“Professor Hall has been central to the development of the Centre for Africa Research, Engagement and Partnerships which connects African and Australian researchers and academics to address climate change, land regeneration after mining, and water conservation and waste management strategies,” Professor Zelinsky said.

“His work is a living example of our vision to make an impact in our regions, both local and global.”

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