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EmPr Beverley Oliver



Emeritus Professor


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Emeritus Professor Beverley Oliver was Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Alfred Deakin Professor at Deakin until December 2018. Emeritus Professor Oliver led Deakin's ambitious Student Learning and Experience strategy, including the drive to premium digital education and our partnership with FutureLearn. Her portfolio included Academic Governance and Standards, Cloud Campus, the Library, Deakin Learning Futures, the Dean of Students, the Centre for Research in Assessment for Digital Learning (CRADLE) and DeakinCo. Emeritus Professor Oliver was Deputy Chair of Universities Australia’s Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Academic) and Deputy Chair of the Board of EduGrowth, a not-for-profit entity and Australia’s acceleration network for high-growth, scaleable, borderless education.

Emeritus Professor Oliver's leadership has been recognised through two national Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and several nationally funded grants and fellowships, including a National Teaching Fellowship (Assuring Graduate Capabilities, completed 2015); Teaching Fellowship (Benchmarking Partnerships for Graduate Employability, 2010); Good Practice Report (Assuring Graduate Outcomes, 2012); competitive grants (Building course team capacity to enhance graduate employability, 2010; and 21C Credentials, completed 2016). Emeritus Professor Oliver researches and publishes in areas associated with graduate employability, graduate skills and capabilities, assessment and evidence of learning, digital credentialing, curriculum reform and digital innovation.

In 2017, Emeritus Professor Oliver was awarded Deakin University’s highest honour, the title of Alfred Deakin Professor, for her outstanding and sustained contribution to conceptualising the strategic enhancement of courses in the digital economy and furthering the University’s research and scholarship in the field of higher education.

Emeritus Professor Oliver became a Principal Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy in 2018.

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