Chairman's 20
Group of Eight Universities


Tuesday, 18 September 2018
12:00 - Registration Opens
12:15 - Event Start
14:00 - Event Concludes


Private Dining Room
The University Club of Western Australia
Hackett Drive, Crawley WA 6009


This event is complimentary to Gold and Silver Members of the Committee for Perth. 

BY INVITE ONLY Registration has now closed

At this event, Professor Dawn Freshwater, Vice Chancellor of The University of Western Australia and the Deputy Chair of the Group of Eight Universities, will discuss the findings of the recently released report Economic Impact of Group of Eight Universities. The Vice Chancellor will provide a detailed account of the value of Go8 universities to the Australian economy through teaching and learning, research activities, spending on Australian goods and services and the creation of export revenues by attracting international students.

Meet our speakers and panellists

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Prof. Dawn Freshwater

Vice Chancellor, The University of Western Australia and Deputy Chair, Group of Eight Universities Board

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 few 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 HEFCE Research Excellence Framework (REF) panel in the UK; reviews and acts in an advisory capacity for the National Institute for Health Research and MRC 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 been responsible for the successful achievement of a University Athena Swan award and for creating a strategy for equality and inclusion.