60 seconds with... Scott Holmes

Scott HolmesProfessor Scott Holmes recently commenced at UWS as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) based on Penrith campus. He has published six books, has more than 50 refereed academic articles and has served on numerous academic boards.

How long have you worked at UWS and what’s the best thing about working here?
I started at UWS in March this year. The best things about working here are what we have and where we can go.

Which campus are you based on?
Werrington North. I also have a hot office at the River Cottage at Parramatta Campus.

What is your favourite place on one of the UWS campuses and why?
Building EZa, the old morgue on Parramatta campus.

When you’re not at work, what will we find you doing?
You’ll find me in my car on the M2, M7, M5 and M1. You might also find me reading Australian history or watching rugby league.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

What was your first job?
Trainee accountant (I lasted 18 months).

What has been your greatest success?
My four kids: the gift that keeps on taking! I currently live with my eldest two girls (24 and 26 years old) who also work in Sydney (it’s a form of revenge).

If you could go to just one country in the world for a vacation, which country would it be and why?
I would go to the centre of Australia – the desert is so beautiful.

What is your favourite book, movie and/or album?
Confessions of a Bleeding Heart by Don Watson.

If you could invite anyone to dinner who would it be and why?
Gough Whitlam. He reshaped Australian society and my generation went to university for free. I wouldn’t be answering these questions without Gough’s legacy.