As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement), Professor Iain Watson is responsible for leading the University’s overall engagement strategy, with a particular focus on expanding the quality and scale of engagement with prospective students, industry, government, alumni and Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander communities. The position works collaboratively with all UQ portfolios to develop, articulate and sustain a shared vision of engagement.
Professor Watson’s career has spanned more than 20 years working in academia. Graduating from Ulster University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Professor Watson went on to complete a Master of Science and a PhD, focussing on the use of market and industry data in financial distress modelling.
Professor Watson previously held the role of Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business Economics and Law and before that, held the Deanship of the UQ Business School at The University of Queensland. Prior to coming to UQ, Professor Watson was the Deputy Dean at the University of Western Australia Business School (UWA).
Professor Watson has published numerous academic papers in international journals and was Consulting Editor for the book, The New York Times Guide to Finance. Over the last 10 years, Professor Watson has provided expert opinion, at the request of ASIC, the Australian Federal Police and leading international law firms in the areas of insider trading and financial disclosure. He also undertakes private sector consultant work for various organisations including professional accounting firms, investment banks and regulatory authorities.
Professor Watson is currently a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Immediate Past Chair of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Initial Accreditation Committee, Director of the Australian Ireland Fund and sits on the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM Australia) Council of Governors. He is also a member of the Queensland Male Champions for Change.