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 Newcastle interview

LISTEN HERE to hear President Catharine Coleborne speaking with Jenny Marchant and Dan Cox from ABC Newcastle about DASSH’s post-election priorities. 

20th Ann interview: Sue Dodds

As part of our ongoing 20th Anniversary celebrations we have published the second in our intervivew series with HASS leaders. Read our interview with former DASSH President Professor Sue Dodds here.

Post election statement

DASSH welcomes the incoming Labor government, along with the suite of new independent and Green members in the lower house. Read our statement here.

The Conversation article

DASSH President Catharine Coleborne outlines three major priorities for policy reform post election in this article appearing in The Conversation.

Call for fee reform in light of CPI figures

DASSH is calling for university fee reforms after CPI data released by the ABS in April shows education is the leading cause of inflation in Sydney. Read the statement here.

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