Outstanding Reviewer for 2016

Internationally acclaimed expert Laureate Professor John Hattie was chosen as an Outstanding Reviewer for 2016 for ‘Educational Reviewer’ by the American Educational Research Association.


2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education ranked number one in Australia and twenty-first in the world in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It is the first year in which education is measured as an individual field; the Times’ table highlights the leading universities across education, teacher training and academic studies in education subjects.

Education Australia: Challenges for the decade ahead launched

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The book includes 22 chapters from emerging scholars and leading Australian and international experts including Laureate Professor John Hattie, and Professors Patrick Griffin, Geoff Masters, Field Rickards, Fazal Rizvi, the late Collette Tayler and Lyn Yates.

Doctoral Thesis Award


Dr Jan Deans, Director of the University’s Early Learning Centre in Abbotsford, received the Early Childhood Australia (ECA) Doctoral Thesis Award. This award aims to encourage early childhood research and recognises the excellence of early childhood research undertaken by doctoral students.

A lifetime of service


Professor Lyn Yates received the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Honorary Life Membership Award. This award recognises Professor Yates' outstanding contribution to AARE and the Australian educational research community.

Early Career Researcher Award


Dr Peggy Kern, from the Centre for Positive Psychology, has been awarded the Early Career Researcher Award by the International Positive Psychology Association. Dr Kern’s research focuses on understanding and measuring well-being across the lifespan, examining who flourishes in life (physically, mentally and socially) and why, and how to help young people and adults thrive.

studioFive awards

studioFive, a space created to teach drama, music and visual arts has won awards for excellence in educational facilities at the 10th Annual Learning Environments Australasia Awards in Singapore. It was also awarded the 2017 Outstanding Learning Environment Award for ‘An Education Initiative or a Design Solution for an Innovative Program’.


Fellow of the Academy


Professor Julie McLeod was recognised as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. The Academy promotes excellence in the social sciences and contributions to public policy, and Fellows are elected by their peers on the basis of their distinguished contributions across 18 disciplines.

Universitas 21 Award


Professor Joseph Lo Bianco received the Universitas 21 Award for excellence in the internationalisation of higher education. Professor Lo Bianco was recognised for his international Peacebuilding and Language project, where he pioneered a method of conflict mitigation in three South East Asian countries, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand, in which language issues are a source of tension.

Dean Emeritus Field Rickards

Professor Field Rickards was awarded the title of Dean Emeritus by the University of Melbourne. Professor Rickards has had a distinguished association with the University for 40 years.


McKenzie Fellow

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Dr Ligia (Licho) López López was awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Recognition Award Division B (Curriculum Studies) by the American Educational Research Association. Dr López López is the Graduate School’s newest McKenzie Fellow (2016-2019) and this highly coveted international award recognises her extraordinary contribution to the advancement of the field of curriculum studies.

Hall of Heroes


In November 2017 Project Manager Mike Salvaris, from the Australian National Development Index Limited (ANDI), was awarded a Hall of Heroes award by the Intentional Community Indicators Consortium at its annual conference in Florida, USA for his long-standing work and influence in the field of developing measures of community and national progress and wellbeing.

Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor

Professor Johanna Wyn was awarded the title of Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor. She is the second MGSE professor to receive this prestigious honour, following Professor Lyn Yates in 2016. The Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor title, established in honour of Sir Redmond Barry's contribution as founder of the University, recognises and rewards outstanding leaders within the University's professoriate.


10 of the best

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) awarded ’10 of the best’ to a major research project Preventing early academic problems by improving working memory. This project set out to understand more about working memory and how current intervention strategies might improve academic achievements in young students at risk of learning difficulties.

Early Career Award

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Dr Jessica Gerrard received the Australian Academy of Social Sciences (ASSA) Early Career Award (Panel A) citation. The ASSA makes a small number of awards each year to early career researchers who have demonstrated excellence in one or more branches of the social sciences. 

ACEL gold medal


Emeritus Professor Richard Teese was awarded the 2017 Gold Medal by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL). This prestigious award is presented annually to an educator whose contribution to the study and practice of educational leadership and administration is assessed as outstanding on a national basis. The winner in 2016 was Dr Jim Watterston, the newly appointed Dean for the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Visible Classroom app


Professor Janet Clinton has been trialling the Visible Classroom App with teachers at more than 40 schools across the United Kingdom. By using the Visible Classroom, teachers can record classroom dialogue and receive expert feedback on their instructional practice. The Visible Classroom project aims to improve the quality of learning and teaching by offering teachers opportunities to reflect on their teaching and develop their classroom practice using real-time, credible evidence.


Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education ranked number 1 in Australia and 6 in the world. 

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018