Archive for August, 2010

Professor Stephen Colbran appointed to the AUQA Register of Auditors

August 24th, 2010

Professor Stephen Colbran was recently appointed to the AUQA Register of Auditors until 30 September 2011. AUQA is the principal national quality assurance agency in higher education with the responsibility of providing public assurance of the quality of Australia’s universities and other institutions of higher education, and assisting in enhancing the academic quality of these institutions and accreditation authorities, reporting on performance and outcomes, assisting in quality enhancement, advising on quality assurance; and liaising internationally with quality agencies in other jurisdictions, for the benefit of Australian higher education.

Professor Stephen Colbran has also recently returned from Turkey where, upon the request of the Turkish judiciary and with funding from the British government, he was a keynote speaker at a conference on judicial performance evaluation. Professor Colbran has now been engaged by the Turkish judiciary to prepare a report on how to improve the objective measures of judicial performance evaluation used in Turkey for both judges and prosecutors. Turkey has a Civil Law system in which judges and prosecutors are trained once they leave university. It is anticipated that the Turkish Ministry of Justice together with the British Government will apply for European Union funding to implement the recommendations of the report currently being prepared.

ReMarks, the feedback management system, devised by Professor Stephen Colbran, with support from external funding, is now proceeding to trials at CDU, Flinders, UWS, University of Canberra, and University of Auckland. Numerous other universities are currently evaluating the product. ReMarks can be downloaded and used by Australian Academics free of charge from

UNE wins national research tender to conduct validation study of national professional standards for teachers

August 13th, 2010

In the last week we were formally notified that the UNE’s National Centre of Science, ICT, and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR National Centre) was successful in winning the first major national research tender offered by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). This large-scale and nationally significant research endeavour will undertake the validation study of the Draft National Professional Standards for Teachers of Australia prior to Standards being adopted by every state and territory during 2011.

The research team from the SiMERR National Centre comprises Professor John Pegg, Dr Greg McPhan, Dr Bruce Mowbray and Mr Trevor Lynch who are support by Mr Russel Glover and Mr Gerard Todd.

The research commissioned by AITSL comes under MCEECDYA, which is the national body of state and territory ministers of education. A significant consequence of this organisational structure means that the findings of the study will offer a uniform national and empirically validated framework of Professional Teaching Standards to underpin the career aspirations of every primary and secondary teacher in Australia across all education jurisdictions.

The Validation Project is designed to gather information from teachers across Australia in such a way that the construct of the standards reflects the views and aspirations of classroom teachers.

Congratulations to Professor Pegg and his team and we look forward to hearing about the results of this significant national study, particularly colleagues in the education.