Lin Martin

Dr Lin Martin

Honorary Fellow

Melbourne CSHE



Lin Martin is currently working part-time as Ombudsman at RMIT University, and as one of three Commissioners for TEQSA, the national regulatory agency for higher education in Australia.  In July 2016 she qualified for the award of the degree of PhD for research on using assessment of student learning outcomes to measure university performance undertaken at the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education.

Prior to her retirement from full-time work in August 2011 she held a number of university senior management positions in three states including most recently Head of University Services (2009-2011) and Academic Registrar (2001-2005) at the University of Melbourne, Vice President at Deakin University and Head of Planning at the University of New South Wales.  She has also worked at the State and national level as a planner, analyst and advisor on higher education.  Between 1994 and 1996 she was Counsellor to the Higher Education Council of NBEET, and in 2008 was seconded to the Bradley Review of Higher Education as a senior advisor. She is well known in Australia for her work in the 1990s on development of a national higher education equity framework including a set of indicators to measure university performance in improving access and success for disadvantaged groups.

Recent Publications

Martin, L.M.: Chapter on Framing the framework: the origins of A Fair Chance for All in Student Equity in Higher Education: Twenty-five years of A Fair Chance for All. Eds A Harvey, C Burnheim and M Brett. Springer, May 2016.

Martin, L.M.: Chapter on Assessing student learning outcomes: Research trajectories in Higher Education Learning Outcomes Assessment - International Perspectives.  Ed H Coates. Peter Lang, November 2014.

Martin, L. and Wells, J.: Chapter on Regulation in The Dawkins Revolution, 25 years on. Eds Croucher, D, Marginson, S, Norton, A, and Wells J. Melbourne University Press, October 2013.

Martin, L.M.: The Road from Rhetoric to Reality : What will success look like? Invited paper for the EOPHEA National Conference on Social Inclusion in Higher Education, Sydney, December 2009.

Martin, L.M.: How are universities responding to the heightened focus on equity challenges? Invited presentation to the Higher Education Summit, April 2009.

Conference Presentation

Martin, L.M. and Mahat, M.: Beyond employability: The assessment of learning outcomes in Australia. Presented at 29th CHER Conference, Queens College, Cambridge University 5-7 September 2016.