The President and Deputy President are elected from the members of the Board. The role of the President is a full-time appointment, while the Deputy President role is a half-time appointment.

The President acts as the executive officer of the Board, and chairs the Academic Board and most Board Committees. The President remains informed of the workings of the academic staff and other related sections of the University.  Section 7 of PPL 1.30.03 Academic Board are in relation to the President and the Deputy President. 

The Deputy President assists the President and carries out functions on behalf of the President, as determined by the Board or President.  Should the President be unable to act, the Deputy President may discharge all functions of the President.


 Peter AdamsPresident (Acting)

Professor Craig E. Franklin

BSc (Hons), PhD, University of Canterbury

Throughout his academic career he has been awarded a number of awards/prizes including being appointed as an Australian Professorial Fellow by the Australian Research Council; receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Göteborg, Sweden; and receiving the President’s Medal from the Society for Experimental Biology, UK.  Craig has also been recognised for his contributions to teaching and learning, including being awarded a University of Queensland Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and was twice a finalist in the Australian Awards for University Teaching for 1st year biology teaching.   

Craig serves on a number of external professional bodies, committees and editorial boards.  He is currently President of the Society of Experimental Biology, a handling editor for the Journal of Experimental Biology since 2010, and an associate editor for Conservation Physiology and for Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. His motivation for serving in these various roles is one of giving back, supporting and building his scientific discipline and community, and especially providing pathways for early career researchers.


Deputy President (Acting)

Professor Lydia Kavanagh

BE, MEngSc, GCEd, PhD, The University of Queensland

Since returning to academia from industry in 1998, Professor Lydia Kavanagh has become a leader in engineering education and has used her background as a professional engineer to design both curricula and courses for active learning by combining real-world projects and specialist knowledge. She has had a significant impact on the delivery of UQ’s undergraduate engineering program through creative new teaching pedagogies including the Flipped Classroom, innovative authentic approaches to assessment, and the introduction of multi-disciplinary courses. As Director of First Year Engineering for almost a decade, Lydia was responsible for a significant program of extra-curricular transition support for first year students and she co-coordinated two compulsory courses that delivered what could arguably be the world's largest flipped classroom for 600 students. Recently, she has set up Leaders@EAIT for all EAIT faculty students (undergraduate and postgraduates), an ongoing opportunity for students to develop leadership competencies.

Lydia is now the Deputy Associate Dean Academic (Curriculum Review and Teaching Innovation) for the Faculty of Science where she has overseen a faculty-wide overview of curriculum resulting in streamlined undergraduate and postgraduate offerings. Until September 2021, she held a concurrent position with the Institute of Teaching and Learning Innovations, where she developed frameworks and systems for UQ shorter form credentials.

Lydia remains involved institutionally with training and mentoring academics and professional staff with teaching responsibilities through programs such as Teaching@UQ (for staff new to teaching), and TeachingPlus@UQ (for emerging leaders in Teaching and Learning).

Lydia’s work has been recognised with a Principal Fellowship of the HEA, a national Excellence in teaching award in 2011 and she has lead and participated in Carrick/ ALTC/ OLT projects on teamwork, online learning, curriculum innovation (2x), preparing students for first year engineering, and Flipped Classrooms.