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.


Deans from across sector unite on environment

July 2022

Deans of Environment, Science and Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities have united to call for an interdisciplinary approach to solving the environmental crisis facing Australia. Read here.

The Mandarin reports DASSH stance on ARC changes

July 2022

READ HERE to find out more about DASSH’s position on the new Minister for Education’s stance on the ARC and higher education in The Mandarin.

DASSH welcomes change

July 2022

The Federal Government’s clear decision to reset relations with universities and higher education, and in particular the fields of the humanities, arts and social sciences is welcomed by DASSH

Will a new government bring change to the ARC?

June 2022

In the June edition of NiTRO, President Catharine Coleborne makes a strong case for changes to the ARC in the wake of the Federal election. Read here.

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.

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