Professor Aidan Byrne
Professor Aidan Byrne

BSc MSc Auck. PhD ANU.

Phone: +61 (7) 336 57277
Office: Room 470, Level 4, Brian Wilson Chancellery
Post: The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia



Executive Assistant

Ms Monique Doyle  
Phone: + 61 7 336 57277

Executive Officer

Ms Janey Saunders  
Phone: + 61 7 336 51313



Areas of responsibility

As Provost, Professor Aidan Byrne is the Vice-Chancellor's senior deputy and a critical contributor to the general management of the University. The Provost deputises for the Vice-Chancellor in his absence.

The Provost is responsible for building the University’s academic capability and embedding a performance culture in support of the University’s strategic objectives. This includes the promotion of interdisciplinary innovation and collaboration.

The office of the Provost leads the University budget and strategic planning process and is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the performance of the University’s faculties and major research institutes. The Provost also oversees risk management and the allocation of significant human, financial and capital resources of the University.




Professor Aidan Byrne commenced as the Provost and Senior Vice-President of The University of Queensland on 4 October 2016. Prior to this appointment Professor Byrne was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Research Council from July 2012. Previously he was the Dean of Science and the Director of the Australian National University (ANU) College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

Professor Byrne completed a BSc and MSc degrees at the University of Auckland before commencing a PhD degree at the ANU in 1981. Following the completion of his degree at the Department of Nuclear Physics he held positions with the University of Melbourne and spent over two years in Bonn, Germany as a von Humboldt fellow. He returned to the ANU in 1989 as a Research Fellow and in 1991 commenced a joint appointment between the Department of Physics, in the Faculty of Science and the Department of Nuclear Physics, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering. He was Head of the Department of Physics from 2003 to 2007.

His research interests involve the use of gamma-rays as probes to determine the structure of heavy nuclei and the examination of the atomic level structure of materials (especially semiconductors). He has published over 200 papers.