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Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Quality), Southern Cross University

Professor Thomas Roche is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Quality) at Southern Cross University and Dean, SCU College. He leads the University’s strategic initiatives relating to the enhancement of education quality. He has recently been involved in co-creating and rolling out the new Southern Cross Model. His primary research interests are in Higher Education program design and assessment: Applied Linguistics, Academic Literacies, Additional Language Development (L2). He has significant teaching and senior management experience in higher education programs for international and domestic students, helping students from diverse backgrounds reach their educational and personal goals.


  • 2020–present
    Pro Vice-Chancellor, Southern Cross University


  • 2006 
    Technische Universität Dresden, Ph.D. (Applied Linguistics)
  • 1999 
    The University of Queensland, Bachelor of Education
  • 1999 
    The University of Queensland, Bachelor of Arts


  • 2021
    Higher Education Research and Development, Transforming lives: the power of an Australian enabling education
  • 2021
    Education and Information Technologies, Making the connection: Examining the relationship between undergraduate students’ digital literacy and academic success in an English medium instruction (EMI) university
  • 2017
    Journal of Academic Language and Learning, Assessing the role of digital literacy in English for academic purposes university pathway programs
  • 2014
    Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Identifying academicaly at-risk students in an English-as-a-Lingua-Franca university setting

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Australian Government’s TEQSA Register of Experts
  • University English Centres Australia (UECA) national committee member
  • Higher Education Research & Development (HERD) - College of Reviewers member