Human rights and international law expert Professor Hilary Charlesworth, says that Australia's appointment to the UN Human Rights Council gives the country an opportunity to examine its own human rights record.
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Professor Pattison was previously Pro-Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at the University of Melbourne.
She is a Professor of Psychological Sciences and has worked and researched extensively on mathematical models for social networks and their impact on social behaviour. She was President of the Academic Board in 2007-2008 and Head of the School of Behavioural Science in 2003-2004.
In 1998-1999, Professor Pattison was a visiting Adjunct Professor at the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Center for Social Sciences at Columbia University.
In 2002 she was awarded the Simmel Award from the International Network for Social Network Analysis.
She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 1995.
Professor Pattison said the new position involved leading the University’s teaching and learning strategy and consolidating the implementation of new degrees.
“I will be working closely with colleagues across the University to ensure our academic programs meet the high standards in teaching and learning that we have set for them and, in particular, achieve the distinctive learning outcomes to which we aspire,” she said.
University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said “We are fortunate to have in her, and the entire senior team, an outstanding group of people committed to the best interests of the University”.