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Quality Assurance Webinar Series - 8 December

24 November 2020

 TEQSA Quality Assurance Webinar Series

The Quality Assurance Webinar Series is a new TEQSA initiative to share higher education quality assurance and regulatory information with TEQSA Experts and quality managers within providers, industry and professional accrediting bodies.

This monthly webinar series forms part of TEQSA’s ongoing commitment to continued engagement with the sector to support the COVID-19 recovery, protect student interests and the quality and reputation of Australian higher education.

Session One: Scholarship

Tuesday 8 December 2020
12:30 - 1:15pm AEDT

Join TEQSA Commissioner, Emeritus Professor Joan Cooper, in conversation with Greg Simmons, Director of Policy and Analysis, TEQSA; Professor Merlin Crossley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, University of New South Wales; and Dr David Perry, Vice-President Academic, Alphacrucis College; as they discuss key elements of TEQSA’s discussion paper on making and assessing claims of scholarship and scholarly activity.


Emeritus Professor Joan Cooper, TEQSA Commissioner 

Professor Cooper’s most recent work prior to joining TEQSA involved delivering a variety of higher education consultancy services to higher education private providers in Australia. Her roles and services included chairing governance committees; reviews of operational areas; and reviews and preparation for TEQSA registration, renewal of registration, and course accreditation. She has chaired a number of Governing Councils and Academic Boards for private providers, including TAFE NSW.

Professor Cooper has wide-ranging experience both nationally and internationally in tertiary education accreditation and quality audits. She was previously Pro-Vice Chancellor (Students) of the University of New South Wales. Her other senior academic executive positions include Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Flinders University, and Dean of Informatics at the University of Wollongong where she served as Chair of the University Senate (Academic Board).


Greg Simmons, Director Policy and Analysis Group, TEQSA 
Greg is responsible for enhancement of TEQSA’s outcomes and future direction through ongoing improvements to regulatory policy, risk analysis, business improvement, strategic projects and quantitative and qualitative analysis.

Professor Merlin Crossley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, University of New South Wales 
Merlin Crossley is Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. He has also served as Dean of Science at UNSW and contributed to both teaching and research in molecular biology. Crossley grew up in Melbourne and completed his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Melbourne. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and completed his doctorate in Oxford. Crossley is also an enthusiastic science communicator, an Editorial Board Member of The Conversation, and of BioEssays, Chair of UNSW Press, a Trustee of the Australian Museum, Deputy Director of the Australian Science Media Centre, and a former Board Member of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. 

Dr David Perry, Vice President Academic, Alphacrucis College 
Dr David Perry is Vice President Academic at Alphacrucis College, a self-accrediting higher education provider offering courses from Diploma to PhD. 

He has years of experience in higher education leadership and management and currently holds a number of leadership roles within the higher education sector. David is currently a member of the Higher Education Standards Panel, a Board member of Independent Higher Education Australia, Secretary of the Council of Deans of Theology, Steering Committee Member for the Higher Education Private Providers Quality Network, and Council member for ANZATS. 

His academic expertise is theology, having completed his PhD at Australian Catholic University and having taught in theology for a number of years, and his professional background is organisational management. 

 Joan Cooper, Greg Simmons, Merlin Crossley, David Perry