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Prior to working at Macquarie University I was a museum curator at the University of Queensland. While there, I secured internal research funding for a review of UQ's museums and collections. This led to the first development of a set of policy proposals for museums and collections at the university. These were subsequently endorsed and implemented by the University's Senate.
At Macquarie, I introduced and developed Australia's first undergraduate degree program in Museum Studies followed by named postgraduate degree programs. These programs were delivered by the Science Faculty and designed as an alternative to the usual art history / cultural heritage study to career path. It produced graduates for the sector with an enhanced understanding of science in museum practice as well as the more traditional areas of history and culture. These programs ran for 10 years.
Since ceasing full time employment at Macquarie in 2014, I undertake a range of paid and voluntary project work in higher education, heritage, museums and galleries. Recent projects include a casual teaching appointment to deliver AHIS205, An Introduction to Museum Practice and casual professional work with the university's archives and collections.
I have research interests in the history, role and functions of museums in society, in particular, university museums, museum education, natural history and the public understanding of science. I also retain research interests stemming from my PhD studies in Paleozoic geology and conodont biostratigraphy and taxonomy.
Member, Australian National University Collections Advisory Group
20 Jan 2023 → 31 Dec 2023
President, UMAC University Museums and Collections, an International Committee of ICOM (International Council of Museums).
19 Sept 2022 → Sept 2025
Postdoctoral Research Affiliate, Chau Chak Wing Museum, The University of Sydney
19 May 2022 → 19 May 2024
Strategic Evaluation Review Committee, International Council of Museums
18 Sept 2020 → 30 Jun 2023
Vice President, UMAC University Museums and Collections, an International Committee of ICOM (International Council of Museums).
5 Sept 2019 → 5 Sept 2022
Executive Officer, NSW Branch, Museums Australia
Feb 2016 → Feb 2018
Visiting Scholar, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Qian Xuesen Library and Museum
Feb 2016 → Apr 2019
Casual Academic, Bachelor of Heritage, Museums and Conservation Program, University of Canberra
Jul 2015 → Nov 2015
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Thogersen, J., Hammond, G., Simpson, A., Davis, R., Hargraves, K. & Janiszewski, L., May 2022, In: University Museums and Collections Journal. 14, 1, p. 30-40 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile41 Downloads (Pure)
Simpson, A., May 2022, In: University Museums and Collections Journal. 14, 1, p. 6-7 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › EditorialOpen AccessFile21 Downloads (Pure)
Davis, R., Gouriotis, K., Janiszewski, L. & Simpson, A., Aug 2022, Nationalism in the wake of COVID. Sydney, NSW: Macquarie University, p. 4 1 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Foreword/postscript/introduction
Davis, Rhonda (Recipient), Simpson, Andrew (Recipient), Menadier, Blanche (Recipient), Sheedy, Kenneth (Recipient), Eyre, Elizabeth (Recipient), Hammond, Gina (Recipient), Jones, Jana (Recipient), Oldfield, Ronald (Recipient), Van Dyke, Karl (Recipient), Hargraves, Kathrine (Recipient), Janiszewski, Leonard (Recipient), Thogersen, Jane (Recipient) & Downing, Alison (Recipient), 17 May 2014
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NSW Government's management of the Powerhouse Museum and other museums and cultural projects in New South Wales
Andrew Simpson (Participant)
Impact: Culture impacts, Organisation impacts, Policy impacts
Steph Scholten (Participant), Sally Yerkovich (Participant), Mathew Trinca (Participant) & Andrew Simpson (Participant)
Impact: Organisation impacts, Policy impacts