AIS Education Research Council


The Council is chaired by Professor Mary Ryan, Dean of Education at Macquarie University, and includes Heads and senior staff from a wide range of independent schools, and AISNSW staff. Below is a directory of Council members.

The ERC guides in a number of activities to support schools in the independent sector.

Each year the Council facilitates the funding of a number of school based research projects that address salient topics for independent schools. For more information, visit the School Based Research Projects webpage.

The Council also commissions independent research, undertaken by highly regarded academics who are experts in their field, on timely areas of interest. See the Commissioned Research publications below for additional information on each project.

Commissioned Research

The AIS Education Research Council commissions research on topics of interest for the independent schools sector. The second of these commissioned research projects focuses on the important issue of teacher wellbeing. Read the reports for this latest research.
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Commissioned Projects

The first of the AIS Education Research Council commissioned projects addressed how to support primary teachers in their endeavours to teach science and technology well. Read the reports from this comprehensive investigation.
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AIS Education Research Council Members


Chaired by Professor Mary Ryan, Executive Dean of Education and Arts, Australian Catholic University, the ERC is comprised of a number of Heads and senior staff from a wide range of independent schools and AISNSW staff.

Mary Ryan (Chair)

Executive Dean of Education and Arts: Australian Catholic University

Megan Krimmer

Principal: Abbotsleigh

Richard Malpass

Principal: Sydney Grammar School

Rosemary Michalowski
Elizabeth Stone

Principal: Queenwood

Tiffany Roos
Rachel Perry

Senior Research Specialist: The Evidence Institute

Janelle Ford

Co-Principal: Claremont College

Rachel Horton

Principal: The Armidale School

Erica Thomas
James Pietsch

Principal: Inaburra School

Shani Hartley

Senior Research Specialist: The Evidence Institute