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Emeritus Professor Joan Cooper

(Part-time Commissioner)

Professor Joan Cooper was previously a Higher Education Consultant, a position she took on after retiring as Pro-Vice Chancellor (Students) of the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Her other senior academic executive positions include Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at Flinders University, and Dean of Informatics at the University of Wollongong where she served as Chair of the University Senate (Academic Board). She has also held senior positions at two other Australian universities. 

Professor Cooper’s most recent work involved delivering a variety of higher education consultancy services to higher education private providers in Australia. Her roles and services included chairing governance committees; reviews of operational areas and reviews and preparation for TEQSA registration, re-registration, and accreditation. She has chaired a number of Governing Councils and Academic Boards for private providers, including TAFE NSW. She was also a member of TAFE NSW Commission Board.

Professor Cooper has wide-ranging experience both nationally and internationally in tertiary education accreditation and quality audits. In the last 10 years she has served on a number of accreditation/quality panels including chairing many panels in Australia, Asia and the Middle East. Professor Cooper also has experience of managing quality audits. 

Professor Cooper completed her Bachelor of Mathematics (Honours) and Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Newcastle. She was the foundation Professor of Information Technology at Wollongong University, and the first female professor of IT in Australia. In 2003 she was appointed an Emeritus Professor of Wollongong, a title conferred in recognition of her contribution to the University, and in 2004 she was awarded the University of Newcastle’s Convocation Medal for Professional Excellence. In April 2012 UNSW appointed her as an Emeritus Professor.