Dr Nicole Crawford appointed NCSEHE Senior Research Fellow
The NCSEHE has appointed Dr Nicole Crawford from the University of Tasmania to the position of Senior Research Fellow.
Within the role, Dr Crawford will lead research teams and major projects informing policy, research and practice to improve higher education outcomes for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Dr Crawford has worked in Pre-degree Programs at the University of Tasmania for nearly a decade. Her research focuses on equity and inclusion in higher education, including enabling education; mature-aged students; regional and remote students; and student and staff mental wellbeing.
“Having grown up in regional Western Australia and being first in my family to attend university, I value opportunities for people from all backgrounds and locations to participate in higher education,” Dr Crawford said.
“This new role will further my capacity to advocate for all students, with a continued focus on inclusive approaches to learning and teaching and student support, and in the context of research and on a national level.”
Dr Crawford has established herself as a leader in the area of student equity, having conducted a NCSEHE Equity Fellowship throughout 2019/20 on supporting the mental wellbeing of mature-aged students from regional and remote Australia.
The Fellowship project has included student participation from all states and territories and resulted in a large evidence base from which to make recommendations for staff, students and universities to support student mental wellbeing.
NCSEHE Director Professor Sarah O’Shea welcomed Dr Crawford to this pivotal role within the Centre.
“Dr Crawford brings a wealth of skills, experience and commitment to excellence that will complement the dedicated, hardworking team at the NCSEHE,” Professor O’Shea said.
“The esteem that Nicole is held in within the equity field, as well as her ongoing research in an important field, will ensure that the NCSEHE will continue to meet key objectives and goals.”