Universitas 21: Professor Jonathan Morris appointed chair, recognising your U21 champions

19 Oct 2020
Professor Jonathan Morris

Universitas 21 has announced Professor Jonathan Morris as its new chair of Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies and wants you to nominate colleagues who have made a difference this year.

The Universitas 21 (U21) Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies (DDoGS) has welcomed Professor Jonathan Morris, Dean of Graduate Research at UNSW Sydney, as its new chair. He also takes on the role of co-chair of the Researcher Engagement Cluster, after recently joining the Researcher Engagement Steering Group.

“One of the strengths of this group [DDoGS] is that each member institution has unique systems, which presents an excellent opportunity to learn from each other and to think about whether there could be a better way of doing things,” said Professor Morris. 

“I look forward to continuing this group’s efforts to show leadership in this sphere by supporting the development of proactive programs and support networks. 

“I am committed to building on the efforts and the strong leadership of the previous chair Associate Professor Caroline Daley to continue our fruitful collaborations across this global network to develop best practice in research candidatures and enhance the doctoral experience.” 

Professor Morris joined UNSW in 2009, after holding academic positions at the universities of Canterbury and Adelaide. From 2015–18, he was Deputy Dean Graduate Research at UNSW and was promoted to Professor in Chemistry in 2018. He was appointed Dean of Graduate Research in 2019. 

He leads a research group, in the School of Chemistry at UNSW Science, who work on developing the biomedical potential of small molecules using their expertise in synthetic organic chemistry. In collaboration with UK-based biotech Exonate Pty Ltd, he has developed small molecules that can be delivered in eye drops and are currently undergoing clinical trials to control age related macular degeneration.

“I want to thank Jonathan Morris for his willingness to become the next DDoGs chair, particularly at a time of great pressure on all our members – I am confident that the group will go on from strength to strength under his leadership,” said U21 Provost Professor Bairbre Redmond.

Nominate your U21 champion

In these difficult and turbulent times, U21 wants to share some positivity around the network by celebrating the people who have made a difference to their colleagues and their workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic – our U21 Champions.

You can nominate a person or group of people from your institution (at any level) who have worked above and beyond to make a difference to their University and those who work and study there. This could be anyone from the local campus barista to the bursar.

To nominate, please complete this short form. U21 will contact the nominees and feature some of their stories on its website and social media over the next three months. The U21 Secretariat will then choose three finalists and an overall winner, who will be named 'U21 Champion of 2020' in January 2021. All nominees will receive a certificate and the three finalists will feature on the U21 website and in U21 publications for 2021. 

U21 is a global network of 27 research-intensive universities that work on shared issues of importance to member universities and to global higher education more generally. It promotes the value of internationalisation and multinational collaboration, facilitating the delivery of programs, activities and initiatives that could not be delivered through a single University or via bilateral agreements.