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College structure & governance


The College of Science is led by the College Dean who has broad oversight of the academic activities conducted by, and between, the Schools comprising the College. The College's education programme is overseen by the Deputy Dean (Education) who holds the delegation for all education-related matters within the College.   The College General Manager has oversight of the administrative services provided by the College.  Collectively this leadership team form the College Executive.

The College Executive:

As Deputy Dean (Education) Anna Cowan fulfills the roles both of Associate Dean (Education) and Associate Dean (Higher Degree Research).

The College of Science has, in addition, five other Associate Deans (each undertaking the Associate Dean role on a fractional basis):

  • Prof. Penny King, Associate Dean (Research), chairing the College Research Committee, overseeing College-level research initiatives, and interfacing on behalf of the College with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) portfolio.
  • Assoc. Prof. Francis Bennet, Associate Dean (Engagement), overseeing College-level initiatives to enhance engagement with industry and government.
  • Prof. Sasha Mikheyev, Associate Dean (International), overseeing the College’s international strategy, including College-level partnerships with institutions overseas.
  • Assoc. Prof. Pierre Portal, Associate Dean (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access;  I.D.E.A.), chairing the College I.D.E.A. Committee and overseeing the College’s strategies to improve its profile in relation to each of these critical areas, including Reconciliation.
  • Dr Juliey Beckman, Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning), serving as the deputy to the Deputy Dean (Education).


The College of Science Executive is advised by the College Executive Committee with membership comprising: The College Dean (Chair); School Directors; the Deputy Dean (Education); the College Associate Deans and the College General Manager.

There are a number of College-level committees that report to the College Executive Committee and which provide specialist advice and the delivery of strategic outcomes across the College.