2 June 2017

Academic staff and international engagement in Australian higher education - PhD thesis

I'm delighted to advise that my PhD is now available Open Access from the University of Melbourne library website here. With thanks again to my supervisors, Sophie Arkoudis and Chi Baik, and my examiners for their support and input.

Having initially submitted just before Christmas, and then moved my life and family to Ireland to start a new job at University College Dublin in January, it's a great relief to know that this is behind me! Now I just need to find the time to turn the findings into an article...

2 March 2017

Internationalisation of higher education - where to from here?

In a chapter on internationalisation in the recently-launched volume 'Visions for Australian Tertiary Education' (Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education), Prof Sophie Arkoudis and I reflect on the international successes of the Australian higher education sector and ask a number of questions about the future. 

We argue that the sustainability of international education in Australia will depend on a more balanced approach to internationalisation in the future, clearly focused on opportunities for all students and staff and measured in terms of its broader contribution to society.

Seven key recommendations are made for the future, and the full text of our chapter is available here.

This MCHSE publication Education offers a set of imaginative, expert visions for the future of Australian tertiary education by leading education researchers. Collectively, its chapters present a forward looking agenda for transforming the sector.

21 November 2016

Completion seminar - PhD research - academic staff and international engagement

In preparation for the submission of my thesis, I presented a small seminar on my research findings to colleagues and friends at the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education last week. Below is the 80 word summary of what I've been doing for the last 3 years and a copy of my slides is available here:

Title: Academic staff and international engagement: motivations and drivers in Australian higher education

Abstract: By many measures, the internationalisation of Australian higher education is a great success story. Yet questions remain as to whether internationalisation has changed the work of academic staff. Adopting a case study approach, this study has investigated the international dimensions of academic work in Australia and the various factors which influence that work. The study conceptualises a typology of international engagement, with findings relating to national context for internationalisation and a complex interplay between personal, disciplinary, institutional and external influences.