Katherine Olston – Director of CET, University of Sydney
Katherine has over 20 years’ experience in the ELICOS industry, having worked as a teacher, teacher trainer and manager in Australia and abroad at both private ELT centres and university language centers throughout her career. She has an extensive knowledge of the ELICOS industry, the role of university English language centers, the higher education sector and an in-depth understanding of the current and future factors affecting international education.
Katherine is the Director at the University of Sydney Centre for English Teaching (CET) where she oversees all aspects of the organisation such as strategic planning, managing financial health, quality assurance, agent management, professional development, performance appraisal, curriculum design and the integration of technology-enhanced pedagogy. To her role at CET, she brings an innovative and collaborative leadership style and expertise in educational technology and an understanding of how it can facilitate innovation in teaching and learning practices, heighten student outcomes, and also support the development of operational systems to advance business efficiencies.
She has played a key role in establishing CET as a leader in educational innovation in the digital space, leading the conceptualization, development and implementation of CET’s MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), Advanced Skills for University Success, aimed at preparing students for undergraduate study in English-medium universities. As recognition for this work, Katherine and the ‘MOOC Team’ have received a number of recognitions and awards including, the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Educational Engagement (2017) and Innovation, the English Australia Innovation Award (2017) and the NEAS Premium Product Endorsement (2017).
Katherine is passionate and committed to international education, and if elected to the NEAS board, she looks forward to contributing to enhancing and strengthening the quality reputation of Australian education providers worldwide.