About the International Speakers

Prof. Geoffrey Crisp

Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, University of Canberra, Australia

Prof. Geoffrey Crisp is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Vice-President at the University of Canberra. Professor Crisp completed his Bachelor of Science (Honours, First Class) at the University of Queensland in 1977 and his PhD in Chemistry at the Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University in 1981. After completing a Humboldt Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute in Mulheim an der Ruhr and postdoctoral positions at Colorado State University and the Australian National University, Geoff began his first academic appointment in 1985 in the Chemistry Department at the University of Melbourne.

In 1988 he moved to the Chemistry Department at the University of Adelaide and continued discipline research and teaching until 2001. Professor Crisp developed his passion for learning and teaching as well as continuing his work in chemistry during this time, being Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Science from 1999-2001. Professor Crisp was actively involved in the development of online learning and was appointed the Director of the Online Learning and Teaching Unit in 2001 to oversee the implementation of the university online system.

From 2002-2011, Professor Crisp was the Director of the Centre for Learning and Professional Development at the University of Adelaide and was the Dean, Learning and Teaching at RMIT University in Melbourne from 2012-2015.

In 2016 he moved to the University of New South Wales in Sydney as Pro Vice Chancellor (Education) where he has specific responsibility for academic policy, online provision, academic development and the learning environment.

Professor Crisp has received a number of prizes in his career, including the University of Adelaide’s Stephen Cole the Elder Prize (Excellence in Teaching) in 1999; the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Stranks Medal for Chemical Education in 2003 and Australian Learning and Teaching Council Fellowships in 2006 and 2009. Professor Crisp is a HERDSA Fellow and a Principal Fellow of the HEA.

Prof. Sari Lindblom

Rector, University of Helsinki, Finland

Prof. Sari Lindblom is currently the Rector of the University of Helsinki, Finland. She is a psychologist and a renowned professor of higher education. She was previously President of EARLI (2011 – 2013) and President of WERA (2014 – 2016). Her research focuses on student learning at university, in particular on individual study paths, well-being, stress and self-efficacy beliefs of university students and on study success and progress. Procrastination and, on the other hand, fast study progress is also in the focus of her research. Students’ approaches to learning and self-regulation skills of university students are also among her research interests.

Prof. Stephanie Marshall

Vice-Principal (Education), Queen Mary University of London

Professor Stephanie Marshall is the Vice-Principal (Education) at Queen Mary University of London, a role she started in 2018. As VP she led the development of the Education Enabling Plan to support Queen Mary’s 2030 strategy: “Opening the doors of Opportunity”. Working closely with the network of Directors of Education, roll-out has begun with a focus on diversity, inclusivity and success.

Professor Marshall was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) from 2013 to 2018, positioning the HEA as a global leader in teaching excellence. At the HEA, she led its transformation from a government-funded organisation to become a highly successful, sustainable organisation with extensive global reach and membership spanning 45 countries worldwide. This includes growth in the number of HEA Fellowships from 3,500 in 2012 to 100,000.

Stephanie is the author of approximately a hundred articles, book chapters and books, all focused on international comparisons. Most recent publications in 2019 included the 5th edition of “A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Enhancing Academic Practice” and “Strategic Leadership of Change in Higher Education”.

Stephanie continues to be much sought after to present keynotes at global conferences including (in 2018) CAULLT in Australia (network of PVCs teaching and learning), AMEE in Finland (2018), and AMSE in Poland (2019). She has been a panel member on the German Excellenz Initiative, and has twice been the chair of the Norwegian Centres for Excellenz Initiative. She continues to support the roll out of the Norwegian Initiative in terms of workshops on Evaluation and Impact; and Leadership and Management of Change.

Stephanie has a global reputation for developing and promoting academic leadership and learning. She is passionate about higher education enabling an inclusive society which supports an absolute commitment to equality, diversity and the public good.

Prof. Patrick Prendergast

President & Provost, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

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