1987 …2020

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Personal profile


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.


Research interests

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.


External positions

Vice President, UMAC University Museums and Collections

5 Sep 20195 Sep 2022

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Research Outputs

Legends of rock: Dorothy Hill: an Australian palaeontological pioneer

Simpson, A., Mar 2020, In : The Palaeontology Newsletter. 103, p. 55-58 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Their work has revealed previously unnoticed cross-cultural transmissions and transformations that have shaped mainstream Australia

Simpson, A., Feb 2020, O KOSMOS Insight Series, 1, p. 86-88 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticle

  • Vale Barrie Reynolds, the first President of CAUMAC

    Simpson, A., 24 Feb 2020, CAUMAC wordpress site.

    Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteWebsite contribution

    Open Access
    Open Access

    An arrangement of animals

    Simpson, A., 2019, Zoographia: a Macquarie University Art Gallery exhibition in collaboration with the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, and the Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University. Stone, J. (ed.). North Ryde, NSW: Macquarie University, p. 30-32 3 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution

  • Prizes

    Best Student Presentation

    Andrew Simpson (Recipient), 9 Feb 1994


  • Citation for Service

    Andrew Simpson (Recipient), 5 Jun 2010

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Citation for Service

    Andrew Simpson (Recipient), 4 Jul 2009

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Macquarie University Innovation Award

    Andrew Simpson (Recipient), Ruth Mawson (Recipient), John Talent (Recipient) & Theresa Winchester-Seeto (Recipient), 1 Dec 2004


  • Museums and Galleries National Award

    Rhonda Davis (Recipient), Andrew Simpson (Recipient), Blanche Menadier (Recipient), Kenneth Sheedy (Recipient), Elizabeth Eyre (Recipient), Regina Hammond (Recipient), Jana Jones (Recipient), Ronald Oldfield (Recipient), Karl Van Dyke (Recipient), Kathrine Hargraves (Recipient), Leonard Janiszewski (Recipient), Jane Thogersen (Recipient) & Alison Downing (Recipient), 17 May 2014


  • Activities

    UMAC Webinar - Reopening to the Public (Part 1)

    Andrew Simpson (Chair)
    5 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    Universeum Voices During COVID19: Reconnecting Online #2

    Andrew Simpson (Participant)
    3 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    Judge 2019 MAGNA Awards

    Andrew Simpson (Participant)
    20 Feb 201916 May 2019

    Activity: Other

    University Museums Training Week

    Andrew Simpson (Participant)
    23 Apr 201927 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    University Museums as Cultural Commons

    Andrew Simpson (Speaker)
    9 Sep 201910 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Press / Media

    The Kyoto Book of Abstracts has just been published

    Andrew Simpson


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Other

    University Museums Training Week Shanghai: 2019 edition is next week!

    Andrew Simpson


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Strengthening global university museum collaboration in China

    Marta Lourenco & Andrew Simpson


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    UMTWS will happen again this month in Shanghai

    Andrew Simpson


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Museum Momentum

    Andrew Simpson


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment


    Inquiry into museums and galleries in NSW

    Andrew Simpson (Participant)

    Impact: Public policy impacts