The University of Western Australia
Professor Dawn Freshwater became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia (UWA) in January 2017. She had served previously for three years as UWA’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (SDVC) and Registrar. In the role of SDVC, she led the design and implementation of a modernised academic structure, with the aim of optimising UWA’s world class research, and further cultivating exceptional educational outcomes and student experience. As Vice-Chancellor, Dawn continues to lead UWA through this significant new phase of growth and reform.
Born in England, Dawn was awarded her PhD at the University of Nottingham in 1998. She is a highly experienced and driven supporter of translational research and research-led teaching. Her contribution to the fields of public health (specifically mental health and forensic mental health) and in researching leadership practices won her the highest honour in her field - the Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing. In 2016, she was invited to act as Chair of the Institutional Research Review Panel for Research Assessment and Impact Case Measurement in Ireland.
Prior to this she was a panel member for the Higher Education Funding Council for England 2014 Research Excellence Framework (UK), the first full research assessment using impact measures to assess the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. She continues to provide supervision to PhD students, and supervised 16 PhD students to completion as Director of Studies. She has contributed to almost 200 publications, including books/chapters, peer-reviewed papers, research reports, editorials as well as media contributions.
Since moving to Australia, Dawn has been appointed a Member of the National Health and Research Medical Council’s Women in Health Science Committee; Inspector of Health Services with the Office of Corrective Health Services in Perth, WA; Board member of the WA Health Translation Network; Director of the PerthUSAsia Centre; and Board member of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. Dawn is an active member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).