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BSc(Hons) (Newcastle), PGCE (Strathclyde), MPhil (Newcastle), PhD (Glasgow)

Phone: +64 3 479 8136
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About Tony

Photo of Tony Harland for profileTony studies the purposes of a university education. Recent projects have looked at the ways in which higher education is valued, how teaching values form an important part of a student's education, what critical theory has to offer our thinking about university work and its relationship to society, and how students learn through doing research. Tony teaches qualitative research methods and other topics such as learning theory, leadership and peer review.


HEDU503 - Research in Higher Education
HEDU510 - Advanced Topics in Higher Education
HEDU590 - Research Dissertation
ECOL212 - Ecological Applications
ECOL313 - Ecology Field Course

Teaching at Tautuku
Teaching at Tautuku


Prospective PhD Students:

I am happy to consider proposals from suitable candidates from any discipline to work in the fields of policy and practice in higher education.

For scholarship information see the University of Otago website

Apply for Postgraduate study with Higher Education Development

Uplift at Kaikoura

Current Students

  • Maree Steel - PhD: The teaching experiences of medical interns in a period of transition

Past Students

  • Krishneel Reddy (2020) Using student peer review to enhance student's learning experience in higher education
  • Rachel Tan (2019) The impact of globalisation on an emerging research university in a developing country
  • Raewyn Lesa (2019) Simulated learning environments and the development of clinical judgment in undergraduate nursing students
  • Farhana Abu Bakar (2018) The use of humour in teaching and learning in higher education
  • Wee Chun Tan (2018) The oral examination
  • Sharon Sharmini (2015) Examining a thesis by publication
  • Joanna Joseph (2014) Critical Pedagogy in English language teaching
  • Rob Wass (2012) Critical thinking in higher education
  • Jessie Jansen (2011) Enhancing research capability in a clinical setting
  • Althea Blakey (2011) Critical thinking in clinical teaching
  • Maree Steel (2009) Portfolios in clinical education: multiple spaces for learning
  • Sherry Lilley (2007) Experiences of mentoring in primary health care settings

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Wald, N., & Harland, T. (2023). Austerity and its impact on the university [Roundtable]. Proceedings of the Annual Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference. Retrieved from

Liu, Q., Wald, N., Daskon, C., & Harland, T. (2023). Multiple-choice questions (MCQs) for higher-order cognition: Perspectives of university teachers. Innovations in Education & Teaching International. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14703297.2023.2222715

Wald, N., Harland, T., & Daskon, C. (2023). The gap statement and justification in higher education research: an analysis of published articles. European Journal of Higher Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/21568235.2023.2189132

Wald, N., Harland, T., & Daskon, C. (2023). Why we should rethink the method section in higher-education qualitative research. International Journal of Research & Method in Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1743727X.2023.2165642

Harland, T. (2022). Students as scholars and the scholarship of student learning. In E. Heinrich, A. Jolley & L. Rowan (Eds.), Proceedings of the Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ) Conference. (pp. 39). HERDSA Aotearoa/New Zealand. [Abstract]

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