An update from Professor George Williams, Dean UNSW Law on some important changes announced at UNSW.

The impact of COVID-19 has been hard, unexpected and broad ranging – for both the world and the higher education sector. On Wednesday an announcement was made to staff and students outlining how UNSW Sydney is responding to the impact of COVID-19.

Included in this update was the news that UNSW would be reducing the number of faculties from eight to six, with the faculties of Built Environment, Art & Design and Arts & Social Sciences combining their strengths and resources to become a new, stronger and more influential single faculty – the  Faculty of Arts, Architecture & Design.

UNSW Law has emerged in a strong position from these changes. This reflects the high standing of UNSW Law in being ranked the 14th best law school in the world, our strong industry connections and partnerships, the achievements of our students and alumni, the quality of our teaching and research and our societal impact. 

Regrettably, but also with excitement, these changes will also see me step away from my role as Dean of UNSW Law. Earlier this week our Vice Chancellor Ian Jacobs asked me to take on a new position of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Planning and Assurance), which I have accepted. I will oversee the rebuild of our faculties and divisions at this difficult time, as well as overseeing the assurance functions of UNSW, including legal, governance, records and archives, audit, risk and safety, to ensure that the changes are carried out in responsible and compliant ways. 

It has been a great privilege to serve as your Dean for nearly five years. We have begun to work on transition plans, and I will remain in office for some weeks to ensure that this happens smoothly. My Deputy Dean Andrew Lynch will step up to be acting Dean while we conduct an appointment process for our new Faculty leader. I will remain closely connected to UNSW Law through my new role.

We have wonderful, talented professional and academic staff, passionate students and high achieving alumni. We are world leaders in the field of law and technology and will continue our mission to make a positive difference for the community across a wide range of areas. I have no doubt that the momentum of our Faculty will continue under the new Dean.

On a personal note, thank you to our Law community for your support of myself as Dean. I feel that together we have contributed to making a difference in the world, through the work of our research, our students and future leaders.

Best regards

George Williams AO 
Dean • Anthony Mason Professor • Scientia Professor

George Williams