Professor Hamish Coates

Professor of Higher Education

Melbourne CSHE

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Professor Hamish Coates contributes to the field of higher education through research, leadership and development. Over nearly 20 years he has built a successful research program, worked across 50 countries, authored over 200 publications, and led over 50 influential projects. He has given over 200 keynotes and is sought internationally as a speaker.

Hamish is a Professor of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne’s Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE). He was Founding Director of Higher Education Research at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) from 2006 to 2013, and between 2010 and 2013 also Program Director at the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Leadership and Management (LHMI). Hamish held prior roles at Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) and the University of Melbourne’s Assessment Research Centre (ARC).

Hamish completed his PhD in 2005 at the University of Melbourne, and subsequent executive training at INSEAD and MBS. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Management, Master of Education, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.

Hamish concentrates on improving the quality and productivity of higher education. Considered an authority in several areas, active interests include large-scale evaluation, tertiary education policy, institutional strategy, assessment methodology, learner engagement, and academic work and leadership. Hamish has an h-index of 28, has procured and led over AU$23 million in competitively funded research, and has produced several ongoing revenue streams.

Major contributions include: international directorship of OECD AHELO, national directorship of the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE), national directorship of the University Experience Survey (UES), national directorship of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) Quality Indicators, national directorship of the Graduate Pathways Survey (GPS), redesign of the national Graduate Destination Survey (GDS), and development of the online leadership learning system (OLLS).

Hamish teaches quality assurance, management and research methods at all levels. He works with executive teams, manages research groups, supervises graduate students, has led and contributed to numerous advisory groups, runs workshops and conferences, has worked with hundreds of universities and training organisations, serves on several editorial and academic boards, consults to international agencies, and has held visiting fellowships at the Tsinghua University, the University of Michigan and the International Institute for Educational Planning.