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.


ARC Review submission

December 2022

READ our submission to the Australian Research Council review here. We welcome the opportunity to be part of this pivotal discussion.

Science and humanities, arts and social sciences solve ‘wicked problems’

November 2022

READ President Professor Catharine Coleborne and Professor Melissa Brown, President Australian Council of Deans of Science write on the importance of disciplinary collaboration to solve ‘wicked problems’.

DASSH Productivity Commission review submission

November 2022

READ our submission to the Productivity Commission review here. DASSH comments on the public and private benefit of education, university fees, government subsidy levels and teaching quality.

Opinion piece for EduResearch Matters

October 2022

READ President Nick Bisley’s opinion piece which appeared in EduResearch Matters calling for the scrapping of the JRG.

Graduate outcomes for arts, social science and humanities students on the up

October 2022

Employment outcomes of students enrolled in degrees in arts, social sciences and humanities have risen to 89.6 per cent – an increase of 25 percentage points. This figure challenges the assumptions behind the Federal Government’s Job-Ready Graduates package. READ HERE

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