New director wants research to soar

Professor Andrea Bishop, new Office for Research Director.

New Director of the Office for Research Professor Andrea Bishop has a vision to make Griffith University’s research reputation soar.

“Griffith University already has a significant research capacity and a reputation in the tertiary sector as one to watch,’’ she said.

“I want to be a part of building on this success to help make Griffith one of the most influential research universities in Australia and the Asia­ Pacific.

“I’m looking forward to supporting the university’s research success in the long term.”

She said research success was recognised through metrics and reputation and Griffith should focus on both.

“The research profile across the institution is variable, as you’d expect for a University with such breadth of research activity.

“As part of Griffith’s research support crew, we’ll be carefully assessing opportunities and working with researchers and research leaders across the University to leverage better outcomes, in line with our strategic priorities.”

The former Director of Research at Charles Sturt University, Professor Bishop has a PhD in physical chemistry.

She gained international research experience before moving to academia and a series of strategic leadership roles in higher education. She also undertook a brief secondment to the Australian Research Council’s Strategy Branch in 2013.

Professor Bishop has a strong, practical grounding in higher education and its administration informed by education qualifications and an MBA. She champions business intelligence in decision-making and has broad experience in driving positive organisational change.

The Office for Research is the University’s provider of research services and research quality development and support.

“We will continue to provide this support by ensuring that the highly skilled professional staff of the Office for Research maintain an outward focus to support and advise our researchers and by building and maintain critical relationships within and beyond Griffith.”