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Professor Tony Harland

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

Head of Department

Phone: +64 3 479 8136

About Tony

Tony H 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.


HEDU504 - Academic Leadership in Higher Education
HEDU510 - Special Topic
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

  • Krishneel Reddy - PhD: Using student peer review to enhance student's learning experience in higher education
  • Wee Chun Tan – PhD: The oral examination
  • Maree Steel - PhD: The teaching experiences of medical interns in a period of transition
  • Raewyn Lesa - PhD: Simulated learning environments and the development of clinical judgment in undergraduate nursing students
  • Rachel Tan - PhD: The impact of globalisation on an emerging research university in a developing country            
  • Farhana Abu Bakar - PhD: The use of humour in teaching and learning in higher education

Past Students

  • Sherry Lilley (2007) Experiences of mentoring in primary health care settings
  • Maree Steel (2009) Portfolios in clinical education: multiple spaces for learning
  • Althea Blakey (2011) Critical thinking in clinical teaching
  • Jessie Jansen (2011) Enhancing research capability in a clinical setting
  • Rob Wass (2012) Critical thinking in higher education
  • Joanna Joseph (2014) Critical Pedagogy in English language teaching
  • Sharon Sharmini (2015) – PhD Examining a thesis by publication

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Harland, T., & Wald, N. (2018). Curriculum, teaching and powerful knowledge. Higher Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10734-017-0228-8

Wass, R., Timmermans, J., Harland, T., & McLean, A. (2018). Annoyance and frustration: Emotional responses to being assessed in higher education. Active Learning in Higher Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1469787418762462

Daniel, B. K., & Harland, T. (2017). Higher education research methodology: A step-by-step guide to the research process. London, UK: Routledge, 154p.

Harland, T. (2017). The contemporary research university and the contest for deliberative space. In B. K. Daniel (Ed.), Big data and learning analytics in higher education: Current theory and practice. (pp. 73-86). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-06520-5_6

Wald, N., & Harland, T. (2017). A framework for authenticity in designing a research-based curriculum. Teaching in Higher Education, 22(7), 751-765. doi: 10.1080/13562517.2017.1289509

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