19 June 2022

ANU appoints global health researcher new dean of arts, social sciences

| Aiden Rothnie
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A new dean has been appointed for the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences. Photo: File.

The Australian National University (ANU) has appointed a new dean for the College of Arts and Social Sciences.

Professor Bronwyn Parry will take up the mantle when current dean, Professor Rae Frances, finishes her tenure later this year.

A leading global health and social medicine researcher, Prof. Parry joins ANU from King’s College London where she is currently Vice President & Vice Principal for Service and holds a Chair in global health and social medicine.

She previously established the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s and was the inaugural head of the School of Global Affairs, a vibrant hub of multi-disciplinary scholarship created to directly address societal challenges and issues.

Prof. Parry is also currently serving as the director of the King’s Sanctuary program at King’s College London.

The program looks to lead the university’s response to forced displacement by creating opportunities, including scholarships, for people whose education has been disrupted.

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ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said he was delighted to announce Prof. Parry as the new dean of the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences and university lead for social impact.

“Bronwyn has a distinguished academic record, publishing widely on assisted reproduction, dementia, bio-information, bio-surveillance and the global trade in organs and bodily commodities,” Prof. Schmidt said.

“A significant element of Bronwyn’s recent portfolio has been her commitment to social impact, civic engagement, and equity, diversity and inclusion.

“In her capacity as director of King’s Sanctuary program, she has coordinated the university’s response to the global refugee crisis and supported the development of sector-leading initiatives. She has also led the development of King’s Community Sponsorship, which has since been upscaled in response to the Ukrainian crisis.”

He said Prof. Parry had worked closely with key international stakeholders, community partners, and influencers on projects that worked to identify the needs of under-served communities and to facilitate their access to higher education.

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“As senior sponsor for LGBTQI and faculty lead for Diversity and Inclusion at King’s, she has embedded a new ethos and methodology for enhancing equal participation through iterative cross-institutional engagement,” Prof. Schmidt said.

“Bronwyn is very much looking forward to bringing these skills and her expertise in leadership, collaborative working, and change management to ANU.”

Prof. Parry was also the first female carpenter in the Australian film and television industry, working on movies such as Mad Max Beyond ThunderDome, Mad Max 2 and Dead Calm, and the opening of the Commonwealth Games.

Prof. Frances has served as dean of the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences since June 2017.

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