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Dawn Freshwater

Professor Dawn Freshwater


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Professor Dawn Freshwater was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia on 16 January 2017.

Prior to that, she served as the University’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (SDVC) and Registrar for a three-year period, followed by a two months as Acting Vice-Chancellor.

Before moving to Western Australia to take up the SDVC position, she was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Staff and Organizational Effectiveness, Professor of Mental Health and Head of the School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds. Professor Freshwater received her doctorate at the University of Nottingham in 1998 and has been the recipient of numerous awards. She was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing in 2001.

As an active academic Professor Freshwater serves on the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Research Excellence Framework panel; reviews and acts in an advisory capacity for the National Institute for Health Research and Medical Research Council and to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence. She contributes to clinical academic fellowship panels and to awards of doctoral training centres. Her most recent research in the area of women’s leadership was funded by the British Council and led to a Global Education Dialogue in Hong Kong.

In her leadership capacity, Professor Freshwater has championed and led a number of initiatives, including leading the University’s major reform. She has also led the recruitment of 50 leadership Chairs, implemented a zoning approach to professorial careers, has overseen the successful achievement of a University Athena Swan award and development of a strategy for equality and inclusion.
Key research
Professor Freshwater’s research has focussed on two key themes; these being psychological therapies research and offender health research. She has also developed a multi-disciplinary clinical academic research centre in practice. She currently is the editor of the International Journal of Mixed Methods Research.
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Research profile
Research profile and publications

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