Professor Richard James

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Deputy Provost

The DVC and Deputy Provost, Academic and Undergraduate has accountabilities for academic staff recruitment, retention, promotion, recognition and performance management, and teaching and learning.

Professor Richard James is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Undergraduate) and Co-Director of the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education. He holds a chair in the field of higher education and is a researcher and commentator on higher education policy in Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

Professor James was a member of the inaugural Australian Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) that prepared the standards framework used by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency for regulatory purposes. He is a member of the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) Advisory Group that guides performance measurement for Australian universities.

Richard has wide-ranging research interests in higher education that centre on the quality of the student experience. His research program spans access and equity, the transition to university, student finances, student engagement, quality assurance and academic standards. He has published widely on the effects of social class on higher education aspirations and participation.


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The University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010 Australia
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