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The Kirby Institute’s Professor Anthony Kelleher has started work in the role of Acting Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, bringing his long research and clinical experience to the dynamic area of UNSW.

Professor Kelleher will be filling the leadership role until the current dean Professor Rodney Phillips returns from extended absence at the end of 2017, UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs said.

“Professor Kelleher’s stellar research career, his leadership in the strategic review of the Infection, Immunity and Inflammation theme, his important contribution to the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE), and his extensive clinical experience makes him well placed to lead the Faculty during this critical time,” said Professor Jacobs.

Professor Kelleher said he hoped to work with everyone to maintain the momentum initiated by Professor Phillips and senior members of the Faculty.

"I am excited and honoured but somewhat daunted by the challenges of this position especially with the substantial recalibrations and realignments required to effectively pursue the 2025 Strategy," he said.

"I am particularly interested in maintaining the high levels of satisfaction among our students and initiating the development of a strategy to most effectively navigate the recent and continuing changes in the research funding landscape."