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UNE academic picked as funding agency chief

A senior executive and former microbiologist from a university in regional New South Wales has been appointed to head the Australian Research Council.

Sue Thomas, the provost and deputy vice-chancellor of the University of New England at Armidale in the NSW northern tablelands, will take up the role of ARC chief executive in July.

She will be responsible for administering one of Australia’s biggest research funding agencies, with an annual grants portfolio of around $800 million.

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