Collaborative, Influential, Connected, Knowledgeable.

DASSH represents more than 250 deans, and associate and deputy deans, from 43 universities across Australia and New Zealand, leading schools and faculties that teach tens of thousands of students and several thousand scholars in the HASS disciplines. Led and governed by an executive committee, DASSH supports those who have responsibility for governance and management of research, teaching and learning across those member institutions.

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Supporting the Arts

Supporting strong leadership

DASSH supports:

  • Those within these institutions who have responsibility for the governance and management of research and teaching and learning in their universities.
  • Those who aspire to these positions through a Network of Associate and Deputy Deans (NOADD).
  • Data collection and dissemination on HASS research and teaching.

Promoting the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


  • Advocates for the roles and contributions of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; and
  • Contributes to policy debates, initiatives and inquiries that impact on HASS research and teaching in universities.


ABC Radio Sydney interview with President Catharine Coleborne

June 2022

LISTEN HERE: President Catharine Coleborne tells ABC Sydney Radio host James Valentine why Job-Ready Graduates fee reforms are essential.

Research Professional News reports Deans of Science and DASSH unite on fee reform

June 2022

Research Professional News reported DASSH and the Australian Council of Deans of Science are working together to acheive interdisciplinary fee reform. Read the article here. 

DASSH on fee reform in Sydney Morning Herald

June 2022

The Sudney Morning Herald spoke to President Catharine Coleborne about DASSH’s call for Jobs-Ready Graduates policy wind backs. Read the article here

Deans demand end to high fees for humanities

May 2022

Campus Morning Mail reports DASSH is calling for urgent fee reform to make Arts Degrees more affordable. Read here.

Science Deans join calls for fee reforms

May 2022

The Australian Council of Deans of Science has come out in strong support for DASSH’s calls for fee reforms and changes to the Commercialisation of Research Action Plan. Read their full statement here.

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