Oxford scientist appointed Dean of Graduate House

Oxford scientist appointed Dean of Graduate House

1 year ago

A Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, Dr Antone Martinho-Truswell, has been appointed the inaugural Dean of Graduate House at St Paul’s College within the University of Sydney.

Graduate House will open at the start of 2019 as a community of 140 women and men postgraduate students and academics, housed in a new world-class residential building nearing completion at St Paul’s College, in the heart of the University campus.

Dr Martinho-Truswell teaches and researches in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, where he is a Fellow and member of the governing body of Magdalen College, and a Lecturer in Biology at Pembroke College.

His leadership in collegiate community life – which will be at the heart of his role as Dean of Graduate House – has also included serving as Junior Dean of University College, Oxford, and graduate warden of St Cross College, Oxford, as well as leadership roles at Adams House, Harvard University, where he was an undergraduate.

Dr Martinho-Truswell’s research focuses on the brains and minds of birds, and he co-created and manages the Oxford Duckling Laboratory. His research has been published in the highly prestigious journal Science, amongst other high-impact journals.

Antone Martinho-Truswell earned his doctorate in zoology at Oxford, after graduating cum laude from Harvard University. He has played water polo for both Harvard and Oxford, including as Vice-Captain of the Oxford team, and has been an active cricket player in both universities. He has also served for five years as an ocean lifeguard in his home town of Long Beach, California.

“Having spent the last several years in four Oxford colleges, and having been a student in a collegiate environment at Harvard, I know how academic life at all levels, from undergraduate to faculty, can be enriched by living, socialising, dining, and working together”, Dr Martinho-Truswell said.

“The opening of Graduate House is a wonderful opportunity to create a new social, cultural, and academic hub, not just for St Paul’s College, but also for the University of Sydney as a whole.

“I want to help build this diverse and rich community by attracting world-class residential academics and top-level graduate students with the desire to participate fully in collegiate life.

“The Graduate House community can become the model of an ideal academic life, and a jewel in the crown of Australian higher education”, he said.

The Head of St Paul’s College, Dr Don Markwell, said: “We are delighted to attract a scholar and collegiate community leader of Dr Martinho-Truswell’s calibre to the transformative role of Dean of Graduate House, building and leading a world-class postgraduate community.”

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Dr Michael Spence AC, said: “My warmest congratulations to the St Paul’s community on the appointment of such a significant leader to this key role.

“I am confident that Dr Martinho-Truswell will help to attract world-class academics and top level graduates to enjoy the best of what the college and University have to offer.”

“We are also delighted to welcome Mrs Emma Martinho-Truswell to St Paul’s College”, Dr Markwell said. “She is an outstanding thinker and practitioner in public policy, change management, and leadership, and her skills and insights will be of immense benefit to the College and the wider community.”

Emma Martinho-Truswell will serve as a mentor to St Paul’s College students, including in Graduate House, while working as Chief Operating Officer of Oxford Insights, an international consultancy she co-founded, where her current focus is on public policy questions related to artificial intelligence.

She and her husband, Antone Martinho-Truswell, have both been active leaders in their Oxford communities.

Emma Martinho-Truswell graduated from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours in Law, and a Bachelor of Economics. After four years working in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra, she went as a postgraduate student to Lincoln College, Oxford, where she topped her year in the Masters of Public Policy in the Blavatnik School of Government.

Before co-founding Oxford Insights, Mrs Martinho-Truswell served as Head of Projects and Strategy at the Open Data Institute, and has delivered leadership programmes for the World Bank, the European Commission and Sainsbury’s.

Her research on supporting Prime Ministers for the Institute for Government contributed to redesign of policy functions at 10 Downing Street.

“I look forward to helping to build an inclusive, happy, and productive culture in the new Graduate House at St Paul’s”, Mrs Martinho-Truswell said.

Applications for places at Graduate House for postgraduate students and academics at the University of Sydney (women and men) are now open. Details are at www.stpauls.edu.au

The selection committee for the position of Dean of Graduate House comprised women and men from the University of Sydney and St Paul’s College.

Further information about Dr Martinho-Truswell can be found in his CV, which can be accessed here. Dr Martinho-Truswell will commence at Graduate House later in 2018.

For further information:
Rohan Watt, Director of Communications – rohan.watt@stpauls.edu.au