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Cluster for Higher Education Policy and Practice

The Cluster for Higher Education Policy and Practice (CHEPP) hosts two distinct research streams linked through policy research in higher education. Its aim is to host and foster higher education research in policy studies and in teaching and learning that can inform policy. CHEPP provides the framework for externally funded higher education projects, a collegial base for scholars in higher education and a supportive environment for its increasing number of doctoral candidates. It provides research seminars and hosts distinguished international scholars in higher education.

The research areas within CHEPP concern the development of higher education in SE Asian countries, in particular Vietnam and Laos; the financing of higher education systems; the nature of knowledge in higher education; doctoral education and academic standards; technology in higher education, in particular the use of virtual worlds as learning media; aspects of learning, teaching and academic practice in higher education.

A current major project under the auspice of CHEPP concerns the development of a university sector for Vietnam, lead by Professor Martin Hayden.

Members of CHEPP have broad experience in the evaluation of educational programs and projects in higher education CHEPP can direct enquiries for independent evaluation to members with particular expertise.

Researcher profiles

Associate Professor Sharon Parry (Director)
School Director, Research Training: School of Education

  • Doctoral study and research
  • Academic standards in research degrees
  • The nature of knowledge in higher education
  • Student assessment in higher education
  • Staff Directory
  • ePublications

Professor Martin Hayden
Head of School: Education

Professor Janet Taylor
Director, SCU College

  • First year experience of students in higher education
  • Application of new technologies in higher education
  • Adult learning mathematics
  • Staff Directory
  • ePublications

Dr Meg O'Reilly
Senior Lecturer, Teaching & Learning

  • Transdisciplinary collaborations in the use of online technologies for teaching, research and assessment
  • Knowledge exchange networks and processes
  • Teaching-research nexus
  • Staff Directory
  • ePublications

Associate Professor Allan Ellis
Director of Research & Research Training: School of Commerce and Management

  • Adult learning
  • Workplace training
  • Instructional design
  • Computer-based learning
  • Networked learning (web-based and virtual worlds)
  • Computer-based social networking and non-formal learning
  • Staff Directory
  • ePublications