Higher Education

Michelle Muchatuta



Dean (Governance & Accreditation)

Qualification abbreviations

LLB (Hons), GDLP, PhD Candidate (MGSM)


Michelle is an Australian lawyer with extensive strategic and operational experience in highly regulated corporate and academic contexts. Her experience extends to HE governance, tertiary sector regulatory compliance, accreditation and quality assurance, contract, project, team and program management as well as process improvement. At Holmes, Michelle is responsible for facilitating the effective development and implementation of academic and operational quality assurance systems and processes, primarily in the Higher Education space.

Michelle is also an active researcher and is currently completing a doctorate investigating Australian Higher Education (HE) Institutional Academic Quality Management practice(s). Through her interdisciplinary study, Michelle hopes to enhance theoretical and practical understanding of factors that promote and detract from HE institutional effectiveness.

Teaching areas

  • Business and Corporate Law, Governance and Ethics

Research areas

  • Organisational Studies (Institutional Theory and Practice)
  • Higher Education Management
  • Academic and Corporate Governance
  • Student Experience
  • Equity & Diversity


NSW Law Society
Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
Higher Education Quality Network
Association for Tertiary Education Management
Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (Governance Institute of Australia)


Book Chapters/ Resources
Mather, G., & Muchatuta, M. (2011). How to teach with inclusive practice: Learning through diversity. Sydney: Macquarie University. [ISBN 978-0-9805685-6-1]

Rowe, A.D., Muchatuta, M., & Wood, L.N. (2010). Inclusive practice in higher education: Feedback that breaks pedagogical barriers. In N. Riseman, S. Rechter and E. Warne (Eds) Learning, teaching and social justice in higher education. Melbourne: University of Melbourne and Australian Catholic University. Available at: http://www.msp.unimelb.edu.au/index.php/LTSJHE/issue/current

Harding, A., Wood, L., Muchatuta, M., (2010). Try and catch the wind: Women who do doctorates in mathematics at a mature stage in their lives. In H. J. Forgasz, J.R Rossi Becker, K. Lee & O.
Steinthorsdottir (Eds), International Perspectives on Gender and Mathematics Education. North
Carolina, Information Age Publishing.

Handal, B., Wood L.N., Muchatuta, M., (2011), “Students’ Expectations of Teaching: the Business,
Accounting and Economics Experience,” E-Journal of Business Education and Scholarship of
Teaching, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp1-17. Available at:http://www.ejbest.org/a.php?/content/issue/8

Thomas, J., Muchatuta, M., & Wood, L. N. (2009). Mathematical Science in Australia. International
Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 40(1), 17-26.

Muchatuta, M. & Batey, H. (2016). Shaping solutions to the tensions associated with teaching and
learning practice and academic scholarship within private, non university higher education contexts. Point of Debate presented at Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia held 4-7 July 2016. Perth, Australia.

Muchatuta, M. & Rowe A.D, (2012). The Elephant in the room, affective graduate attribute policy: The institutional and pedagogical risk associated with the articulation of graduate attributes. Paper presented at UTS, Teaching and Learning Conference, 14 November 2012, Sydney Australia.

Wood, L.N. & Muchatuta, M. (2009). The transition from learning to work: Analysing the student –
worker interface. Paper presented at the Sixth Annual Conference on Researching Work and Learning, 28 June-1 July, 2009, Roskilde University, Denmark.

Rowe, A.D., Muchatuta, M. & Wood, L.N. (2009). Inclusive practice in higher education: Feedback that breaks pedagogical barriers. Paper presented at the Learning Teaching and Social Justice in Higher Education Symposium, 18 November 2009, Melbourne, Australia.

Muchatuta, M. & Wood, L.N. (2009). The Student – Worker Interface: Analysing Business Graduates Transition into the Workforce. Paper presented at the Experience-Based Learning Inaugural Conference (E-BLA), 7-9 December, 2009, Sydney, Australia.

Professional certificates

Foundations in Learning and Teaching (Macquarie)
Writing to Govern (Governance Institute of Australia)
Process Improvement Methodology/Project Management (University of Technology, Sydney)
Disability Liaison Training: Serving All Students (Global Learning Support)
NLP Practitioner (Worldwide Institute of NLP)