Leading higher education expert joins ANU

13 November 2019

One of Australia's most respected and experienced higher education policy thinkers, researchers and commentators, Professor Andrew Norton, has taken up a new role at The Australian National University (ANU).

Professor Norton has been appointed as Professor in the Practice of Higher Education at the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods.

Working in higher education policy since 1997 when he began his career as an adviser to then education minister David Kemp, Professor Norton is recognised as one of the nation's leading voices in the sector.

Prior to joining ANU, he was Higher Education Program Director at the Grattan Institute. Before that he worked at the Centre for Independent Studies, and advised three vice-chancellors at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Norton was also a member of the 2013-14 Federal Government review of the demand driven system for higher education funding and of the 2016-17 expert panel advising on higher education reform.

Speaking of his new role, Professor Norton said: "I am delighted to be joining the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, which has great strengths in data-driven analysis. 

"At the Centre I will continue some work of the Grattan Institute higher education program that I previously led, including a sixth edition of Mapping Australian Higher Education in 2020.

"I also hope to collaborate with ANU colleagues to bring wider expertise to higher education policy research." 

ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods Director Professor Matthew Gray said Professor Norton would help ANU take a leading role when it came to addressing the challenges and opportunities facing Australian higher education.

"Professor Norton is a leading analyst of higher education policy. He is being appointed to the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods to lead the development of a new higher education policy research program," he said.

"Having a high-quality program of higher education policy research is vital for helping to improve policy and ultimately the future success of Australia's higher education system."