New Director for Centre for the Study of Higher Education

Dr William Locke has been appointed as the new Director of the University of Melbourne’s Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE).

Dr Locke is currently Reader in Higher Education Studies at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London, where he is Centre for Higher Education Studies Director and Centre for Global Higher Education Deputy Director.

Outgoing CSHE Director, University of Melbourne Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) Gregor Kennedy, said Dr Locke was the ideal choice to lead the Centre, which is renowned for its research and contribution to policy and practice in higher education.

“Dr Locke is an experienced leader who has contributed significantly to the scholarship of higher education, both through research and teaching,” Professor Kennedy said.

“He brings with him extensive knowledge about the higher education sector and a deep understanding of the challenges it faces.”

Melbourne Graduate School of Education Dean Jim Watterson said: “Given his background and expertise, Professor Locke will make a profound contribution to higher and tertiary education debates in Australia”.

Dr Locke has published on topics such as higher education policy, management and governance of institutions and the changing academic profession. He has led the development of highly-regarded professional development programs for people in the higher education sector, including the internationally-renowned MBA in Higher Education Management at the UCL Institute of Education.

He has held various positions across the higher education sector and is a member of the Governing Council and Publications Committee of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) and founding Joint Editor of the SRHE journal Policy Reviews in Higher Education.

Dr Locke starts in his role at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education in February 2019.