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Professor of Higher Education & Governance, Queensland University of Technology

Professor Abby Cathcart is the Director of the QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching. She was a Professor of Work and Organisation in QUT Business School until 2018 when she became a senior staff member in the Learning and Teaching Unit.

Professor Cathcart is Director of the QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching, a portfolio which includes Evaluations, the Higher Education Research Network, Expert Peer Review of Educational Practice, Awards, Professional learning, and recognition by the Higher Education Academy for QUT staff members. She is a TEQSA Expert and a member of the QUT Centre for Decent Work.

Professor Cathcart has won multiple awards for her teaching including the inaugural David Gardiner Teacher of the Year Medal (2014) and three national Australian Awards for University Teaching - an Award for Excellence in the priority area of teaching large classes, a national Citation for her work in Assessment and Feedback and a Program Award for the Teaching Advantage Program.

Professor Cathcart is a Principal Fellow of the HEA and leads the Advance HE Australasian Accredited Leaders Network. Since 2014 more than 1000 QUT staff members have successfully been recognised as HEA Fellows. She co designed and co-leads the Indigenous Perspectives in Learning and Teaching module for staff (with the QUT Carumba Institute), and developed the innovative specialist award Associate Fellow (Indigenous) of the HEA, which was accredited by Advance HE in 2019.

Professor Cathcart co-leads the award winning Teaching Advantage Program for doctoral students who want to build academic careers. She has worked with Universities across the world to promote teaching quality, develop academic governance structures, and build professional recognition schemes.


  • 2016–present
    Professor, Queensland University of Technology