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Mitchell Institute Director, Victoria University

Dr Sara Glover is a highly respected policy and research leader in the areas of education, adolescent health, and education systems data and evaluation. She has been Mitchell Institute Director since October 2015, and was previously the Institute’s education program director.

Dr Glover has a passion for creating systems which support relevant, engaging and future-focussed learning. A goal which has underpinned her significant achievements as a public servant in improving the quality of education for all students, particularly for those in the most disadvantaged communities. She brings an international network of education leaders to Mitchell, and an understanding of how Australian education systems can change and adapt to meet the needs of young people in a globalised society and economy.

She began her career in education as a teacher, before moving into teacher education and curriculum development. Most recently, she was an Executive Director at the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development where she was responsible for the strategic development of an integrated research and evaluation program to deliver a powerful evidence base for policy. Prior to her role in state government, Sara was the Director of Education and Training and a principal researcher at the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital/University of Melbourne for eight years.


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    Mitchell Institute Director, Victoria University