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Principal Research Fellow, Victoria University

Hugh Guthrie has over 30 years experience as a practitioner and researcher in the vocational education and training sector. He started his career as a university academic teaching biology at Flinders University and then in 1981 became the Research Officer in the Education Unit at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and where he was, for a time, Head of their Curriculum Development Group.

In 1987 he joined the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) and worked there in a variety of positions until moving to Victoria University in late 2011.

During his time at NCVER he undertook and managed a range of significant research and development projects. He also ran the National VET Research and Evaluation (NVETRE) program.

He is a founding member of the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association and served as a member of its executive for a number of years. He has also been an executive member of AUSTAFE.

His educational expertise includes:

training and occupational needs analysis
teaching, learning, assessment and instructional design
educational evaluation
VET workforce issues and
international education.
His principal research interests most recently have been VET teaching qualifications, the VET workforce and its professional development.


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    Principal Research Fellow, Victoria University