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Catherine Cole

Professor Catherine Cole

Membership details: Academic Board Nominee


Member of:

Board of Governors
Academic Board

Term of Office:

25/11/2019 – 24/11/2022 (first term)



Catherine is Professor of Creative Writing in the Screen School. She has a wide range of university management experience at senior academic level as was a former Deputy Dean and Acting Dean at the University of Wollongong, Australia where she is now an Honorary Professional Fellow. She has played a major role in change management in a number of Australian universities and reviewed the programs of a number of international universitites. She has been a member of Academic Board at three Australian universities and has been a member of research, international and teaching and learning committees. She played a key role in the research excellence framework in Australia where she was a professorial member of the Australian Research Council’s REF committee for the Humanities and Creative Arts.

As a creative writer as well as an academic one, Catherine has published 9 books including memoir, novels, short stories and academic monographs.  Her work which has been shortlisted for or awarded some of Australia’s leading literary prizes is studied in China, India, the USA, Australia and the UK. She is the recipient of writers’ residencies in France, Vietnam, the UK and Australia. Her current research explores post war British migration to Australia. Prior to becoming an academic Catherine was a human rights and equity and diversity activist and an advisor on these matters to Australia’s local, state and national governments.

See also: catherine-cole.com