The Second Ordinary Meeting of Convocation for 2016 was held on Friday 16 September in The University Club of Western Australia Banquet Hall.
For those who were unable to attend the meeting, Convocation is delighted to provide the following record of the proceedings, including Professor Dawn Freshwater's address, The ‘UWA Renewal Project Update’.
Professor Dawn Freshwater began her career as a health professional in the NHS (UK) in 1980. Dawn was awarded her PhD at the University of Nottingham in 1998, having received her undergraduate degree at the University of Manchester.
Prior to moving to WA in 2014, Professor Freshwater served as 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 has championed the successful Award of Athena SWAN - an accreditation program for enhancing gender equity for STEMM; funded a study to examine the impact of globalisation on leadership and developed a manifesto for Inclusive Leadership jointly with the British Council. Dawn has served numerous committees including the NHMRC Women in Health Sciences Committee and the UK Research Excellence Framework.
Having a track record of leading large scale organisation change and renewal across higher education, Dawn has developed a creative approach to inclusivity and to understanding how large organizations use social systems as defence mechanisms as a proxy for managing uncertainty and anxiety.
In late 2015, following the launch of the Vice-Chancellor?s paper ?Securing Success? and extensive consultation with stakeholders across the University about the future needs of UWA, Professor Freshwater was appointed to lead the UWA Renewal Project.
The Renewal Project has been charged with driving cultural and organisation change based on the identified need for future resources to invest in, building on existing teaching and research performance, and to deliver a strategy for the University that encompasses innovation and impact.