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Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

Professor Mark Harvey
Professor Mark Harvey
Deputy Vice-Chancellor
(Research and Innovation) 


The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) is responsible for providing strategic direction, leadership and management of the functions, centres and departments that comprise the Research and Innovation portfolio incorporating the Office of Research & Higher Degrees, Research Centres including the Australian Digital Futures Institute, and various innovation and commercialisation functions to drive the University’s research performance and innovation in areas of strength and priority and build relationships with industry and business through local, national and international research networks to leverage research outcomes and opportunities.


Mark has 20 years experience in research and the management of research and commercialization of innovations arising from universities. Prior to joining USQ, Mark spent seven years in venture capital. Most recently he was a Partner with CM Capital Investments, one of Australia’s leading venture capital companies, and prior to this as the Chief Executive Officer of an early stage investment and development company. In these positions, Mark played a significant role in the management of the company’s research programs, finances, fund raising, intellectual property, physical assets and executive team recruitment. Prior to his venture capital experience, Mark worked for five years with UniQuest, the commercialization company of The University of Queensland. This work centred on working closely with researchers to raise research funds and commercialise existing intellectual property and innovations. It involved identifying and negotiating with industry partners to fund research projects and research personnel/postgraduate students; protecting/licensing intellectual property assets; and establishing start-up companies. Prior to joining UniQuest, Mark was a Senior Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology where he lectured in cell biology and supervised NHMRC funded research programs in cancer and developmental biology.

Memberships and affiliations

Mark has been instrumental in securing funding for over a dozen technology companies and has been on the Board of Directors of ASX and NASDAQ listed public companies. He has also been a member of the Investment Committee of two University seed funds and recently joined the board of AusBiotech Ltd, the industry body for the Australian Life Sciences sector.


Professor Mark Harvey
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
University of Southern Queensland
Springfield Queensland 4300