Elizabeth Branigan PhD, PFHEA

“If the structure does not permit dialogue, the structure must be changed”

Elizabeth Branigan PhD, PFHEA

Educator, Facilitator, Changemaker

About Me

Liz is an accomplished, award winning education leader with extensive experience in higher degree, vocational and non-profit education. She has led institution-wide learning and teaching initiatives that successfully developed digital capability through professional learning, used educational technology to achieve positive organisational impact, and enhanced student experiences through inclusive universal course design. She has executive expertise in online education provision, award and short course program development, curriculum renewal,technology enhanced learning, staff and leadership development, business management and organisational change.

Liz is a talented & experienced facilitator who works collaboratively, ethically and inclusively, and had led workshops in leadership, organisational and social change
She is passionate about empowering learners through purposeful professional learning and is particularly interested in people centered approaches to supporting the use of technology in organizations and society.

In 2020 her expertise was recognised by the invitation to act in the Interim role of Pro Vice-Chancellor, Educational Transformation at La Trobe University, leading the ‘pivot to online’ during COVID19.

From 2017-2019, Liz had executive responsibility for the staff capability uplift for a transition of 3,600 subjects from the Blackboard to Canvas Learning Management Systems at Swinburne University of Technology. This involved leading a team to design and deliver universal design templates, accessibility guides, and professional development for higher and vocational education staff. This initiative positively impacted over 2,400 staff and 58,000+ students.

In 2018 Elizabeth was awarded Swinburne University’s Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence (Higher Education) Award for an innovative redevelopment of the university’s Graduate Certificate Learning and Teaching (Higher Education). She won a Learning Innovation Award in 2015 for her Most Significant Change evaluation approach to blended learning. She received an Australian Technologies Universities’ Women in Executive Leadership (WEXDEV) Fellowship in 2008, and was part of the Women’s Leadership Development Group at Swinburne University in 2010.


PhD, 2000, Australian National University. Feminist Cultural Anthropology. "Gender, Identity and Inequality in Vallur Village, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), 1994, La Trobe University.

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