Ms Julie Rowlands
Bachelor of Education
Master of Education

Now: PhD candidate
Warrnambool Campus

For Julie Rowlands, postgraduate study at Deakin has opened up a raft of new employment possibilities.

“When I completed my MEd I found that having a postgraduate degree was a great help in my career, both in terms of the knowledge, skills and (the) confidence I had gained but also the formal qualification assisted me to obtain more senior positions…” she says.

A former secondary school teacher who moved into management at higher education institutions (most recently working as the head of university governance at Deakin), Julie is currently studying fulltime thanks to a scholarship but is looking to take on a new role as an academic after completing her PhD.

Julie, who is researching the changing role of academic boards at Australian universities for her PhD, says she’s had excellent support during her studies at Deakin.

“I very much feel part of a community of researchers and scholars and am extremely grateful for the encouragement and assistance I have received,” she says.

“I have been particularly fortunate to have been given many opportunities during the course of my candidature, such as presenting at conferences in Australia and overseas, and I have learnt an enormous amount from these experiences…I feel very privileged to have had this opportunity.”

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