Professor Dawn Bennett is Assistant Provost and Director of the Transformation CoLab with Bond University in Australia. She studied music performance (viola) and her first career was as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician in the UK and Australia. Dawn retains a special interest in careers in the creative industries. Her practice-based research centres on contemporary music for viola, rehearsal talk, and the nexus between artistic practice, and research. 

As an educational reformist Dawn’s expertise is the enhancement of student success and graduate employability through data-driven approaches to student retention and engagement, teaching, curricular reform and work integrated learning. She has led this work in multiple settings using established cultural change processes to engage diverse stakeholders.

A staunch advocate for student equity and the empowerment of women, and a 2019 Research Fellow with the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, Prof. Bennett’s interests are equitable higher education pathways and addressing the impacts of disadvantage. She has a long history of respectful partnerships with Whadjuk Noongar communities and has co-authored a Framework for Respectful Work and Learning with Australia’s First Peoples.

Professor Dawn Bennett is an internationally known researcher with a world-class publications record of over 270 academic articles and major reports. She has a consistent record of competitive funding and has successfully delivered almost AUD$5.9m in research grants. The Creative Workforce and Developing EmployABILITY initiatives, which she directs, engages over 60 institutions globally. Dawn has a strong record of translating research outcomes to maximise their impact for industry and the community. She is a multi-award winning educator and supervisor with established global partnerships and Adjunct Professorships in Australia and Europe, a Senior National Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow, Principal Fellow with the Higher Education Academy, and Vice President of the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows.

About Research Seminar Series

Research seminars are presented by current staff, higher degree research students and visiting academics. 

The seminar series showcases our Higher Degree by Research candidates’ work, as well as providing valuable professional development opportunities for those interested in Higher Degree by Research. Visiting scholars are regularly invited to address staff and students, and the seminars are open to the public. Please register by following the link in the session below that you wish to attend.


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