The University of Auckland is about to get its first female vice chancellor, with the announcement of the appointment of Professor Dawn Freshwater to the role.

The chancellor of the university announced the appointment this week. Freshwater, a Professor in Mental Health, will become the University's first female Vice-Chancellor, after serving as the University of Western Australia's Vice-Chancellor and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Registrar for six years.

Freshwater is a Professor in Mental Health and a “passionate advocate for values-led and inclusive leadership”.

Research commissioned by the TEU shows that staff in many tertiary education institutions feel that their views are not listened to by senior management.

TEU National President Michael Gilchrist says throughout the sector we need genuinely inclusive leadership.

Certainly this is the experience of staff at the University of Auckland over the past few years.

“In many cases the views of all staff have been actively suppressed in current reviews  We hope that Professor Freshwater will fully embrace genuine student and staff input into the future shape of the university”.

The University of Auckland branch has congratulated Professor Freshwater on her appointment and will be seeking input from members for a briefing to be provided to the incoming vice chancellor.