Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Les FieldBSc (1975), PhD (1979), DSc (1991) (University of Sydney)

Professor Les Field AM FAA is the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University. As Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Field has responsibility for the academic staff of the University, academic integrity (both student and staff), equity and diversity at UNSW as well as the progressive global outreach and social justice strategies for UNSW.

Professor Field is a graduate of the University of Sydney (PhD in Chemistry in 1979) then, following Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and then at Oxford he took up an academic post at the University of Sydney in 1982. He was Head of Chemistry at the University of Sydney from 1997 to 2001 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) from 2001 to 2003 at the University of Sydney.  He served as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UNSW from 2005 to 2016 and took up the role of Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2016.

Professor Field is a distinguished chemist and his main areas of research are organometallic chemistry, catalysis and Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy.  He is the author of more than 200 scientific papers and 4 text books.  He was the recipient of the Organic Chemistry Medal of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute in 1994 and was elected as a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science in 1996.  He was the recipient of the Rennie Medal (1983); The Edgeworth David Medal (1986); The Organic Chemistry Medal (1992), the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2003 and the RACI Leighton Medal in 2010.

He has served as a member of the Council of the Australian Academy of Science (2004-2006) and he is currently a member of the Academy Executive as the Secretary for Science Policy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW and he has served on the Council of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (2004-2008). He was appointed as Member of the Order of Australia in 2011 for his services to Chemistry and to Higher Education.

Academic Awards include: The Rennie Medal (1983); The Edgeworth David Medal (1986); The Organic Chemistry Medal (1992); the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2003; and the Leighton Medal of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute in 2010.

Professor Field is a director of a number of companies including the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Pty Ltd; UNSW Innovations Pty Ltd; Australian Technology Park Innovations Pty Ltd, Uniseed Management Pty Ltd and he has served as a member of the Council of the Australian Academy of Science since 2004.

Contact details

Nalisa Mam
Executive Assistant
T: +61 2 9385 2700
E:  Nalisa.Mam@unsw.edu.au