Jenny Wilson

Honorary Fellow

Melbourne CSHE

Jenny Wilson is a Honorary  Fellow with the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the  University of Melbourne.  Her research interest  centres on the relationship between the university, its management systems and  the 'academic tribes ' which inhabit them.   She has a particular focus on visual and performing arts disciplines and  their position within the research management framework.  Her PhD thesis: 'Artists in the University: Repositioning artistic research within the Australian university sector', undertaken through MCSHE and the Victorian  College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne,  represents the first comprehensive analysis of  the relationship between artistic researchers and the university research framework.

She has held senior  administrative management positions in Australian and UK universities since  1995.  These include in strategic,  business, corporate and research development management at Queensland  University of Technology, Griffith University, Sheffield Hallam University and Birmingham  City University, where she has typically been responsible for developing  research and business strategies and external partnerships for new centres,  institutes and funding streams. She current works at Queensland University of  Technology as Competitive and Commercial Major Bids Developer for the Creative  Industries Faculty and as Project Manager for the Faculty of Health.

Prior to emigrating to  Australia, she held specific responsibility for liaison with the European  Commission and in 1995, was one of only two UK higher education representatives  invited as a consultant to the European Commission Green Paper on Innovation.  In 2001, with Professor Ron Johnson, she was commissioned by the Australian  Government and the European Commission to produce one of five papers that  established the secretariat and operational budget for the Forum on European-Australian Science and Technology cooperation (FEAST). Jenny has undertaken consultancies  for the National Tertiary Education Union , the Council for Humanities, Arts  and Social Sciences and the UK Economic and Social Sciences Research Council.
Her publications  include:

Book chapters
Wilson, J. (2014). Artist-academic  as doctoral student: Navigating different expectations, frameworks and  identities. In L. Ravelli, B. Paltridge & S. Starfield (Eds.), Doctoral  writing in the creative and performing arts: The researcher/practitioner  nexus. London, UK: Libri House.

Journal articles
Wilson, J. (2015, under  review) The hidden topography of Australia's arts nation: The contribution of  universities to the artistic landscape.  Australian Universities Review
Wilson, J. (2015, under review) The  white cube in the black box: Assessing artistic research quality in  multi-disciplinary academic panels. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher  Education.
Wilson, J. (2015, under  review) Patron or regulator? The Australian university in the contemporary art  world. Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management
Wilson, J.(2011). Creative  arts research: A long path to acceptance. Australian Universities  Review, 53(2). 68-76.

Conference papers and presentations
Wilson, J. (2014). Beyond  equivalency: Repositioning artistic research within the University. In Proceedings  of The Future of the discipline: Australian Council of university art  and design schools annual conference, 2-3 October 2014.  Melbourne:  University of Melbourne
Wilson, J (2014). Artists  in the University: Researchers at the Margins? QUT Faculty of Education  Conference: Exchanging Insights from Education Research 10-11 October  2014. Brisbane
Maxwell, I, Holmes, J & Wilson J (2010). The big picture: Disciplinary standards and  creative outcomes. (Invited Panel presentation) Australasian  Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Annual Conference, 29  June – 2 July 2010 Australian National University, Canberra
Wilson, J. (2008). Artists  in the University. Future-proofing the Creative Arts in Higher  Education. Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools  Annual Conference 2008. Sites of Activity/ On the Edge.  1-3  October 2008.  University of South Australia. Adelaide.
Draper,  P. Hall, M. & Wilson, J (2005) Universities,  Creativity and the Real World? Conference Proceedings of Speculation and  Innovation – New Perspectives in Practice-led Research in the Arts, Media and  Design, QUT Brisbane.
Wilson, J (2005). Challenges to  Commercialising Creative Arts Outputs. Oiling  the Wheels of Change. Australasian Research Managers Society Annual  Conference. Canberra, ACT. September 2005.
Kelly, G & Wilson, J  (1997). The Education Pathway. The  European Union Future of Education Conference. University of Pavia, Pavia,  Italy. 1997.