Neil Haigh

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Neil Haigh has worked for more than 40 years on the professional development of staff in New Zealand higher education institutions. As Director of the Teaching and Learning Unit at Waikato University he established a postgraduate certificate to engender a more scholarly approach to learning and teaching. Neil has continued this work as an active researcher, supervisor, teacher and mentor at AUT University whether he is building the research capabilities of tertiary teachers undertaking research into their students’ learning, leading initiatives in the scholarship of teaching and learning or sharing his experiences in supervisor development.

Neil has been a key figure in two multi-site, nationally funded research projects, promoted indigenous perspectives through workshops and broadened the activities of the New Zealand branch of HERDSA. Neil spearheaded the inception of Ako Aotearoa, which is the New Zealand centre for tertiary teaching excellence which aims to advance tertiary teaching. He was the AUT University representative on the Massey- led consortium bidding to host Ako Aotearoa, and has continued to support the growing status and increasing influence of this body.