I am delighted to write to introduce myself as your new Vice-Chancellor. My name is Professor Patricia Davidson – or Trish for short – and to me, this opportunity represents both a culminating moment in my career and a homecoming. I am humbled and honoured to have the privilege of representing the University of Wollongong, both as an alumna and the first woman in this role.
Beginning my professional career as a nurse at Wollongong Hospital, I am incredibly excited to be part of the next phase of this University’s remarkable history. I thank Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings for his hard work and the legacy he has left behind.
During my time as Vice-Chancellor Designate, I was fortunate to visit some of the University’s facilities and meet many of our hardworking academic, research and professional services staff. It has been a joy to meet those of you I have so far, and I look forward to talking with more teams in the coming months. I am excited to work alongside all of you as we forge our path ahead.
I look forward to visiting our overseas campuses in Dubai, Hong Kong and Malaysia in person as soon as possible, and in the meantime, connecting with our campuses via video chat. I am particularly aware of the challenges our global staff and students have faced – living in the US I experienced firsthand the difficulties of lockdowns and heavy restrictions. I thank all staff for everything that you have done to keep our students and communities safe.
A big part of our ability to survive and thrive going forward will be the determination that defines us. Being a leading university among the world’s top one per cent is something we can, and should, be proud of. Determining how we can continue to meet and grow our potential will be critical to me – through investing in early career researchers and innovation, as well as ensuring we continue to create a positive impact in our local and global communities, building on our position as 6th University in the world for social and economic impact.
My family and I are delighted to be here, back between the escarpment and the sea, and excited to re-establish our place within the University and the local community. I thank you for your warm welcome.
Please take the time to watch a short video message I have prepared for you.
Professor Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN
Vice-Chancellor and Principal