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About Professor Hamish Coates

Professor Hamish Coates contributes to the field of higher education through research, leadership and development. Over 15 years he has worked across 40 countries, authored over 200 publications, and led around 50 influential projects that have shaped scholarship, policy and practice. He has given around 200 keynotes and is sought internationally as a speaker.
Professor Coates holds a Chair of Higher Education at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), University of Melbourne. Coates was Founding Director of Higher Education Research at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) from 2006 to 2013. Between 2010 and 2013 Coates was a Program Director at the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Leadership and Management. Coates joined ACER from Graduate Careers Australia (GCA). Prior to this he worked at the University of Melbourne’s Assessment Research Centre (ARC).
Coates completed his PhD in 2005 at the University of Melbourne. In 2012 he completed executive training at INSEAD. He holds a Master of Education, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.
A specialist in assessment and evaluation, Coates focuses on improving the quality and productivity of learning, academic work and leadership. Hamish collaborates widely and is considered an authority in several areas. Active interests include large-scale evaluation, quality and productivity, student admissions and engagement, outcomes assessment, academic work and leadership, assessment methodology. Hamish has an h-index of 21, has procured and led over AU$20 million in competitively funded research, and has produced several ongoing revenue streams.
Major contributions include: international directorship of OECD Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO) Feasibility Study, national directorship of the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE), national directorship of the University Experience Survey (UES), national directorship of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) Quality Indicators, national directorship of the Graduate Pathways Survey (GPS), redesign of the national Graduate Destination Survey (GDS), and development of the online leadership learning system (OLLS).
Hamish teaches quality assurance, management and research methods at all levels. He works with executive teams, manages research groups, supervises graduate students, has led and contributed to numerous advisory groups, runs workshops and conferences, has worked with hundreds of universities and training organisations, serves on several editorial committees and academic boards, consults to the World Bank and OECD, and has held visiting fellowships at the University of Michigan and UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning.


Present PhD, MEd, BSc, BA(Hons), MAP, University of Melbourne
Present Chair of Higher Education, University of Melbourne

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Assessment and evaluation, Tertiary education policy, Student engagement, Leadership and academic work, Quality assurance, and Learning outcomes

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Books (5)

Contributions to Books (12)

Articles (57)