Dr Emmaline Bexley

Senior Lecturer in Higher Education

Melbourne CSHE

Emmaline coordinates award courses such as the Graduate Certificates in Advanced Learning and Leadership and Indigenous Research and Leadership. Her research interests include equity and participation in higher education, national and international higher education policy and funding practices, and the nature of academic work.

Emmaline is Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at the MCSHE and coordinates the Graduate Certificates in Advanced Learning and Leadership (a targeted program for high-performing HDR candidates at the University for Melbourne) and Indigenous Research and Leadership (a specialized program for Indigenous Australian HDR students from around Australia). Her present research projects include a study of industry engagement in the contemporary PhD for the Australian Council of Graduate Research, and an OLT-funded project on design options for the future doctorate.  Her interests lie in comparative, international and historical aspects of university mission, policy and governance. Her scholarship areas include: university selection, participation and equity; student financial circumstances; the nature of academic work; education for development; and university leadership and management. She has led research projects undertaken for: the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training, Universities Australia, the State Government of Victoria's Joint Policy Unit on Youth Transitions, the Group of Eight, AusAID, the OLT, the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre and Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority. Emmaline is also a regular commentator in the national higher education media.

Selected research

Book chapters

Bexley, E. (2017). Aligning student ability with learning opportunity. How can measures of senior school achievement support better selection for higher education? In Educating Australia: Challenges for the next decade of schooling. Bentley, T., Hattie, J. and Savage, G. (Eds.). Melbourne University Press, Melbourne. pp. 313-329.

Bare, E. and Bexley, E. (2017). Redesigning the Higher Education Workforce: A new architecture. In Visions for Australian Tertiary Education. In R. James, S. French and P. Kelly (Eds.). Melbourne: MCSHE. pp. 133-142.

Bexley, E. (2016). Further and Higher? Institutional Diversity and Stratification. In Student Equity in Australian Higher Education: Twenty-five years of A Fair Chance for All. Harvey, A., Burnheim, C. and Brett, M. (Eds.). Springer, Singapore. pp. 275-292.

Coates, H. and Bexley, E. (2016). Organizing and managing university education. Organizing Academic Work in Higher Education. Teaching, learning, and identities. Leisyte, L. and Wilkesmann, U. (Eds.). Routledge, Oxford. 68: 86.

Bexley, E. (2013). The fragmentation and decline of academic work. In S. Marginson (Ed.), Tertiary Education Policy in Australia. Melbourne: CSHE. pp. 91-98.

James, R., Karmel, T. & Bexley, E. (2013). Participation. In G. Crowther, S. Marginson, A. Norton, & J. Wells (Eds.), The Dawkins Revolution 25 years on. Melbourne: Melb. University Publishing: 126-145.

James, R., Karmel, T. & Bexley, E. (2013). Participation. In G. Crowther, S. Marginson, A. Norton, & J. Wells (Eds.), The Dawkins Revolution 25 years on. Melbourne: Melb. University Publishing: 126-145.

Doctoral thesis
Bexley, E. (2009). Absolute time before Newton. PhD thesis. Melbourne: University of Melbourne.

Journal articles

Bexley, E., Arkoudis, S. & James, R. (2013). The motivations, values and future plans of Australian academics. Higher Education. Volume 65, Issue 3, pp. 385-400.

Bexley, E. (2012). Quasi-Absolute Time in Francisco Suárez's Metaphysical Disputations. Intellectual History Review, 22:1. pp. 5-22.

Bexley, E. & Baik, C. (2011). Casual academics: Australia's hidden workforce. Higher Education Forum. RIHE, Hiroshima, 8. pp. 61-74.

Arkoudis, S., Bexley, E. & James. R. (2012). Addressing the Challenge of Maintaining the Australian Academic Workforce. Higher Education Forum. RIHE, Hiroshima, 9.

Book-length research reports

Moodie, G., Wheelahan,  A.L., Fredman, N. & Bexley, E. (2015). Towards a new approach to mid-level  qualifications. Adelaide: NCVER.

Arkoudis,  S., Baik, C., Bexley, E., Doughney, L. (2014). English Language Proficiency and Employability  Framework. Melbourne: CSHE.

Bexley, E. (2014). Australian Research on Education for  Development. Research Digest 4 June 2014. Melbourne: IEAA.

Moodie, G., Fredman, N.,  Bexley, E., and Wheelahan, L. (2013). Vocational education's variable links to  vocations. Commissioned report prepared for  NCVER.

Bexley, E., Daroesman, S., James, R. & Arkoudis, S. (2013). University student finances in 2012: A study of the financial circumstances of domestic and international students in Australia's universities. Canberra: Universities Australia.

Wheelahan, L., Leahy, M., Fredman, N., Moodie, G., Arkoudis, S. & Bexley, E. (2012). Missing links: The fragmented relationship between tertiary education and jobs. Commissioned report prepared for NCVER.

Marginson, S. and Bexley, E. (2012). A baseline study of the current status of engagement of Australian universities and research institutions in 'Education for Development'. Canberra: AUSaid.

Wheelahan, L., Arkoudis, S., Moodie, G., Fredman, N. & Bexley, E. (2012). Shaken not stirred?  The Development of One Tertiary Education sector in Australia. Commissioned report prepared for NCVER.

Bexley, E., James, R. & Arkoudis, S. (2011). The Australian academic profession in transition: Addressing the challenge of reconceptualising academic work and regenerating the academic workforce. Canberra: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Commonwealth of Australia.

Palmer, N., Bexley, E, and James, R. (2011). Selection and Participation in Higher Education: University selection in support of student success and diversity of participation. Melbourne: CSHE.

Edwards, D., Bexley, E., & Richardson, S (2011). Regenerating the Academic Workforce: The careers, intentions and motivations of higher degree research students in Australia. Canberra: Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations.

Bexley, E., Harris, K. & James, R. (2010). Group of Eight Framework for Evaluation of Equity Initiatives. Canberra: Go8.

Bexley, E., & James, R. (2010). Possibilities for an improved information architecture for student selection and admission to tertiary courses in Victoria, Including a review of selection criteria and practices at eleven Victorian tertiary institutions. Report prepared for the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Melbourne: CSHE.

Bexley, E. (2009). Registration, Accreditation and the Professions: A report to the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority. (Commissioned by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority. Not for external publication)

James, R., Bexley, E. & Shearer, M. (2009). Improving selection for tertiary education places in Victoria. Paper prepared for the Joint Policy Unit on Youth Transitions. Melbourne: Government of Victoria.

Bexley, E. (2009). Review of women's participation in engineering studies. (Commissioned by the University of Melbourne Faculty of Engineering. Not for external publication) Arkoudis, S.,

Hawthorne, L., Baik, C., O'Loughlin, K., Bexley, E. and Hawthorne, G. (2009).

Arkoudis, S., Hawthorne, L., Baik, C., O'Loughlin, K., Bexley, E. & Hawthorne, G. (2009). The impact of English language proficiency and workplace readiness on employment outcomes and performance of tertiary international students. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

James, R., Bexley, E. & Maxwell, L. (2008). Participation and Equity: A review of the participation in higher education of people from low socioeconomic backgrounds and Indigenous people. Canberra: Universities Australia.

Bexley, E. (2008). The first year experience at La Trobe in 2007. (Commissioned by La Trobe University. Not for external publication)

Bexley, E. (2007). Social capital in theory and practice: The contribution of Victorian tertiary education in the 'new economy' disciplines of business and IT. Melbourne: Centre for the Study of Higher Education.

James, R. Bexley, E., Devlin, M. & Marginson, S. (2007). Australian University Student Finances 2006: A summary of findings from a national survey of students in public universities.  Canberra: Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee.

James, R., Bexley, E., Devlin, M., & Marginson, S. (2006). Australian University Student Finances. A report prepared from a national survey of students in public universities. Canberra: Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee.

Bexley, E. (2004). Statement of Minimum Resources for Postgraduate Study.Carlton, Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations.

Bexley, E. (2004). Equity of Conditions for International Postgraduate Students. CAPA Background Papers. Carlton: Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations.

Bexley, E. (2003). Improving access and equity for postgraduates from rural and isolated areas. Carlton: Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations.

Bexley, E. (2002). Harassment and Discrimination Polices and Procedures in Australian Universities. Carlton: Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations.

Bexley, E. (2002). Disability, Higher Education and Postgraduate Study: A Fair Chance for All? Carlton: Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations.

Media – newspaper articles and radio interviews

Bexley, E. (2014). Pyne's plan isn't the way to protect our unis from 'mediocrity'. The  Conversation, 9 October 2014.

Bexley, E. (2014). Bill opens door to putting private and  public universities on same footing. The Conversation, 29 August 2014.

Bexley, E. (2014). Raising the cost of a PhD. The Conversation, 21 May 2014.

Bexley, E. (2014). Fee deregulation: what does it mean for  Australian higher education? The Conversation, 14 May 2014.

Radio interview, 15 August 2013. Student finances. The Loop, Fresh 92.7, Adelaide.

Television interview, 24 July 2013. University students continue to struggle with debts. ABC News Breakfast with Michael Rowland & Virginia Trioli.

Radio interview, 15 July 2013. Indigenous uni students face higher rates of financial stress.The Wire, National independent radio.

Radio interview, 26 September 2013. Academic workforce. Radio National, International radio.

Bexley, E. (2013). Help's the answer to the poverty question. The Australian. 17th July 2013.

Bexley, E. (2012). University Rankings: What's Your Number? The Plane Tree. Vol. 2, 2012. Melbourne: GSA.

Radio interview, 1 October 2011. Academic workforce. Razors Edge, 2SER 107.3 FM

Bexley, E. (2011). How to keep the talent at home. Campus Review. 26th September, 2011.

Radio interview, 29 October 2009. University selection and equity. ½ hour live interview. Radio Mansfield, 99.7 FM.

Bexley, E. (2008). Getting back to basics: Community involvement and early intervention are the key to improving low SES participation in higher education. Campus Review. 22 July 2008.

Bexley, E. (2008). Equity Takes More Than a Scholarship. Directions in education: Australian council for educational leaders. June, 2008.

Presentations (invited)

8 December  2014. University Students' Financial Circumstances and Educational  Opportunities. Presentation to the  Journal of Education Finance Symposium on the Financing of  Education. Oxford Union, Oxford.

13 November  2014. How might fee stratification affect patterns of participation? Status,  affordability and education as a market. Presentation to the HECQN Forum: A  Brave World: Navigating Risk, Compliance and Quality in a Deregulated  Environment. Park Royal, Melbourne.

18 November 2013. University Structure and how it works. Higher Education Management Workshop for Islamic Higher Education Leaders. CSHE, The University of Melbourne.

19 November 2013. Understanding the Transformation of Academic Work in Australian Higher Education. Higher Education Management Workshop for Islamic Higher Education Leaders. CSHE, The University of Melbourne.

14 November 2013. Student finances, policy and equity. Access & Achievement Research Forum. La Trobe University.

12 November 2013. Considering Vocational Streams in the Financial Services Sector. Vocations: Three years of investigating learning and work. The University of Melbourne.

22 October 2013. Issues in Student Finances. Masters of Tertiary Education Management / LH Martin Institute. The University of Melbourne.

16 September 2013. Student Finances: Rhetoric versus reality. Ideas and Issues in Higher Education. CSHE, The University of Melbourne.

28 March 2013. The Australian Academic Workforce. Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University visiting scholars. CSHE, The University of Melbourne.

25 March 2011. What factors affect low SES students' educational attainment? Access Monash Seminar: "Navigating the Turbulent Seas of Equity and Excellence", Monash University, Clayton Campus

19 October 2009. With Richard James. Reconsidering university selection and recruitment processes. Centre for the Study of Higher Education, Issues and Ideas in Higher Education, CSHE, The University of Melbourne

14 May 2007. With Marcia Devlin, Richard James & Simon Marginson. The AVCC survey on student finances: what the data tell us. Centre for the Study of Higher Education Seminar series on Ideas and Issues in Higher Education

July 2003. Absolute time before Newton. Australian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science National Conference, University of Melbourne.