Farewell to Dean of School of Science, Professor Eileen McLaughlin

Western Sydney University announces the departure of Professor Eileen McLaughlin, and congratulates her on her appointment as the new Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health at the University of Wollongong.

Professor McLaughlin has been Western Sydney University’s Dean of the School of Science since November 2019.

In that time, she has played an important role in shaping the newly-formed School and leading it through the complex challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

She will leave the University in mid-August, taking up her new role in September.

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Professor Clare Pollock, thanked Professor McLaughlin for her contributions to the University, and wished her well for this next chapter in her higher education career.

“Professor McLaughlin has been an important senior leader for the University during what has been a challenging time for the higher education sector. She has helped set a strong foundation for the School of Science, and we thank her for her service,” said Professor Pollock.

“A feature of her career has been engaging the sciences to solving problems and using applied research and education to realise opportunities for the local community. I’m sure University of Wollongong will be as much a beneficiary of her extensive knowledge and experience as we have here at Western.

“On behalf of the University community, we extend our warm wishes to Eileen and congratulate her on her new role.”


7 July 2021

Amanda Whibley, Manager, Media and Public Relations