Professor Dick Strugnell has been Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Research) at the University of Melbourne since 2008. Dick's role is to support the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) in the development of University policy regarding research training, to help faculties and University Services in providing support to the research training cohort, to analyse performance of the research training, and to identify areas where performance improvements can be made. As Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Research), Professor Strugnell is accountable for the University's International Research Strategy, as articulated in the Research at Melbourne plan. The plan includes measures such as the University's International Research and Research Training Fund (IRRTF) to support enhanced research engagement with the top institutions in the key countries identified in the Research at Melbourne plan. The nexus between research training and research engagement with celebrated institutions in China, India, Brazil, Chile and Germany is provided for through the development of joint doctoral degrees, and research networks and doctoral training groups supported by the IRRTF.
Dick is a microbiologist with a research interest in disease-causing bacteria and in the development of vaccines against bacterial infections. His research is supported by the NHMRC and ARC and his laboratory at the Doherty Institute includes a core group of post-docs and graduate researchers. He undertook his PhD training at Monash and post-doctoral research at University of Birmingham and the Wellcome Research Laboratories in the UK, and at Monash University.