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About Dr Daniel Edwards

Daniel Edwards, BA (Hons), PhD Monash, is Research Director of the Tertiary Education Research Program at the Australian Council for Educational Research. Dr Edwards is responsible for coordinating ACER’s higher education, and vocational education and training research. He leads a team of researchers with a wide range of expertise in policy research, assessments and surveys.

Dr Edwards’ research encompasses a range of educational issues, with particular emphasis on higher education. He has a keen interest in all aspects of education policy and has explored issues relating to graduate and alumni outcomes, supply of and demand for higher education, student achievement, student aspirations and pathways, selection policies for entrance to university, assessment development and educational ‘choice’ theories. He also has experience researching wider social issues regarding social stratification and demographic change. Dr Edwards’ PhD thesis, completed in 2007, explored the increasing competition in the school education market in Victoria and the influence of this competition on pathways to university.
Dr Edwards is currently the Facility Manager for the DFAT Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility, a research facility designed to collect, analyse and disseminate insight into the outcomes of Alumni from the Australia Awards and similar Australian Government scholarships. He has also lead numerous large projects in higher education designed to enhance policy development such as National Project Management of AHELO in Australia, the National Research Student Survey, the Japanese University Experience Survey, the Australian Medical Assessment Collaboration, a stocktake of Work Integrated Learning in STEM, the development of the AHELO Contextual Dimension, research and advice to the Victorian Higher Education Expert Panel and analysis and modelling of supply and demand for researchers in Australia.

Dr Edwards is a member of the ACER Board of Directors, was a member of the Australian Government's Equity in Higher Education Panel from 2018 to 2021, and is an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne.


2016 - Present Research Director, Tertiary Education, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
Present Editor, Joining the Dots, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
Present Honorary Senior Fellow, The University of Melbourne ‐ Melbourne Graduate School of Education
2012 - 2016 Principal Research Fellow, Higher Education, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Australian Council for Educational Research
19 Prospect Hill Rd,
Camberwell, VIC, Australia 3124
T: +61 3 9277 5555
F: +61 3 9277 5500


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