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Project authors and project funding details

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Project Leader

Duncan Nulty

Associate Professor Duncan Nulty is internationally recognised for expertise in: institutional policy and practice in the assessment of student learning; academic standards; curriculum design; and the evaluation of educational programs (including student evaluation). He has led, co-led or been a team member on learning and teaching development grants with total funding exceeding $1 million, including two national and one international grant.

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Alison Owens

Associate Professor Alison Owens is the Academic Lead: Scholarship and Professional Learning in the Centre for Education and Innovation at the Australian Catholic University and an adjunct Associate Professor (Education) at Central Queensland University. She holds dual PhDs (Education and also Creative Arts) and has over twenty-five years university teaching experience. Alison regularly researches and publishes on topics relevant to higher education practice, particularly culturally inclusive teaching and learning, doctoral training, creative arts research and academic development.

Project funding and support

This project was jointly funded by a generous competitive grant provided by The Council of Australasian University Leaders in Learning and Teaching – CAULLT, and by substantial “in-kind” contributions from Australian Catholic University, where both project leaders are based.


The Council of Australasian University Leaders in Learning and Teaching (CAULLT) is the peak professional body for Australasian leaders in university learning and teaching whose responsibilities include academic development. It seeks to enhance its members' capacity to be key strategic leaders and advisers in learning and teaching.

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ACU stands for meaningful education, rewarding research, and life-changing community engagement. Its mission and values form the core of who and what it is as a Catholic organisation. Read more about the institution and the values that inform its actions starting here with a message from its Vice-Chancellor: Impact through Empathy

Ethics approval

Ethical approval was obtained to undertake the research forming the base of this project.

Ethics Register Number: 2020-18E
Project Title: A values-framework and self-assessment tool to improve tertiary academic leadership

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