Our team

The Research and Innovation Division cultivates the University's strong and vibrant research culture and supports our research community in achieving research excellence and impact.

We attract, train and support researchers through every stage of their career and partner with industry to solve real-world problems.

We are reshaping our division with an increased focus on research development and innovation activities to deliver on the Strategic Plan.

Professor Elizabeth Sullivan

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation)
Office - DVC (Research and Innovation)

Professor Sullivan is a public health physician and medical epidemiologist with a focus on justice health research. She previously served as Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor in the University's former Faculty of Health and Medicine, and is Research Lead Custodial Health for the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network within NSW Health.

Professor Brian Kelly

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation)
Office - DVC (Research and Innovation)

The Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation supports the needs of our researchers and collaborates closely with our faculties and external partners. It also oversees our Research Advantage program, which offers development programs for our researchers at every stage of their career.

Professor Alan Broadfoot

Director, NIER
Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources

NIER is one of our university's flagship research and innovation institutes. Learn more about is achievements and plans to help create a more sustainable future for our regions and our world. Dr Broadfoot is also Acting Director of our Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise (KEE) team.

Dr Paula Jones

Director, Research and Innovation
Research and Innovation Services

Research and Innovation Services provides expert advice and support to our researchers and their partners. The team includes Research Grants, Research Ethics, Research Performance, Central Analytical Facilities, Research Integrity, and Animal Services.

Professor Kylie Shaw

Dean of Graduate Research
Graduate Research

Graduate research is the university team responsible for the administration, support and development of higher degree by research (HDR) candidature, from application to thesis examination.

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