The University of Queensland announces new PVC (Indigenous Engagement)

21 February 2018

Professor Peter Høj, Vice-Chancellor and President, from The University of Queensland is very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Bronwyn Fredericks as the new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement).
Bronwyn has over 30 years of experience working in and with the Tertiary sector, State and Federal Governments, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community based organisations. Joining us from Central Queensland University (CQU), Bronwyn was appointed as Professor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement), BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance Chair in Indigenous Engagement and Chairperson of the CQU Academic Board, positions that she’s held since 2012. In these roles, Bronwyn has been a leader in the strategic vision, direction and achievement of results in relation to Indigenous Australians within the higher education sector. This included leading CQU’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) process and leading the Office of Indigenous Engagement Change Proposal, and initiatives which focussed on realigning functions and activities to maximise resources provided for Indigenous education and support.
Bronwyn is a research lead in the health node of the Australian Research Council-funded National Indigenous Researchers and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN), a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Research Advisory Committee (RAC), a Board Member of the Central Queensland Regional Aboriginal and Islander Health Organisation (CQRAICCHO) and a member of the Beyond Blue National Research Advisory Committee.
Prior to her joining CQU, Bronwyn held several positions at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), commencing there as a Visiting Fellow for the Indigenous Studies Research Network from 2008 – 2010, before being appointed as an Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow from 2010 – 2012. She has also worked with Monash University and been a recipient of research awards and fellowships, including both Endeavour and NHMRC awards.
In 2016, Bronwyn was appointed as a Commissioner with the Queensland Productivity Commission (QPC) (one of only two appointments) to lead the Inquiry into service delivery in Queensland’s remote and discrete Indigenous communities. Bronwyn has also previously been a committee member of the Regional Arts Development Fund Committee (RADF) from 2013 – 2017; was a Director of Anglicare Central Queensland from 2003-2007; and again in 2012 – 2014; and was a committee member of the Australian Catholic University Indigenous Research Committee from 2009 – 2015. Prior to this Bronwyn was appointed by the Minister for Health, Qld as a Council Member from 1999 – 2006 and then Chairperson from 2006 – 2008 for the Rockhampton District Health Council.
Bronwyn holds a PhD (CQU), Master of Education – Leadership (QUT), Master of Education Studies (University of Tasmania) and a Bachelor of Education (QUT) and is a qualified Justice of the Peace.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) position plays a critical role in the development of a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander initiatives as part of the UQ Strategic Plan 2018-2021. Professor Fredericks’ appointment also coincides with the development of UQ’s first Reconciliation Action Plan. Whilst the University’s achievements in recent years have been commendable, it is hoped that Professor Fredericks will help to position the University as a leader across the sector in Indigenous learning, discovery and engagement.
We’ve no doubt you will join me in welcoming Bronwyn to the role when she commences in late April.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Shane Drahm for stepping in to act in the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) throughout the recruitment process. Shane has effectively managed and maintained business continuity for the division and will no doubt provide invaluable support to Bronwyn when she commences in the role.