Professor Brigid Heywood (BSc) (PhD)

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Tasmania

Professor Brigid Heywood (BSc) (PhD) is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Tasmania. Professor Heywood has responsibility for the research and innovation strategy of the University, the University research institutes, research students, research infrastructure and commercialisation services.

Prior to taking up this position, Professor Heywood was the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Research, Academic and Enterprise at Massey University in New Zealand, where she led the development and implementation of strategies, policies and standards that underpin its research and teaching effort. Preceding this position Professor Heywood held the office of Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at England’s Open University.

Professor Heywood holds a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences from Manchester University (UK) and received her PhD from Liverpool University (UK) where she specialised in studies of biomineralisation. Her subsequent research career developed out of the discipline transition from applied biological sciences to materials chemistry. A trail blazer in many respects, she the first woman in the United Kingdom to hold an established Chair in Inorganic Chemistry – a notable achievement given her founding disciplinary background.