This blog began in social isolation – during the 2020 pandemic, here in Melbourne.

(Home isolation can be crowded – ours includes 3 teenagers and a dog).

For over two decades I’ve been studying, teaching and writing about higher education policy, organisation and management. Since 2005 I’ve worked mainly at the University of Melbourne as a lecturer, program leader and occasional consultant. Also at Monash University as a higher education policy adviser. And in the late 1990s, after a decade working with the Victorian Government, in leadership development for academic and professional staff at RMIT University.

My Ph.D studied the practice of leading change in Australian universities. It looked back to the events of the 1980s and 1990s. But since then the sector has seen further change. And now, what looks like much more to come.

Currently I’m an honorary senior fellow at the University of Melbourne, attached to the Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy.

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Geoff Sharrock