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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 hold an Honorary position with the Department of Ancient History. 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.


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Projects 2009 2019

Research Output 1987 2019

Unlocking the learning potential of university collections

Hammond, G., Thogersen, J., Simpson, A. & Janiszewski, L., 21 Feb 2019, p. 8-9. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearchpeer-review

Open Access

A significance study of the University of Canberra's geological collection

Simpson, A. & Abdul Rahim, H., 17 Dec 2018, In : University museums and collections journal. 10, p. 35-45 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


A university legacy collection and a (successful) tale of institutional transfer

Simpson, A., 6 Apr 2018, p. 6. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearch

Creating curriculum connections: a university museum object-based learning project

Thogersen, J., Simpson, A., Hammond, G., Janiszewski, L. & Guerry, E., 22 Oct 2018, In : Education for Information. 34, 2, p. 113-120 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Cross-disciplinary curation of rocks and art, neither rock art nor rocket science

Simpson, A., 27 Nov 2018, The knowledgeable object: program, published abstracts. Macquarie University, p. 9 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference abstractResearch

rock art


Best Student Presentation

Andrew Simpson (Recipient), 9 Feb 1994



Citation for Service

Andrew Simpson (Recipient), 5 Jun 2010

Prize: Other distinction

teachers' association

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


study program

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 2002 2018

Audacious Ideas

Andrew Simpson (Organiser)
21 Jun 201824 Jun 2018

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

Object values in exhibition design

Andrew Simpson (Speaker)
24 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

The Knowledgeable Object

Jane Thogersen (Organiser), Regina Hammond (Organiser), Andrew Simpson (Organiser)
27 Nov 201828 Nov 2018

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

Reframing University Collections - Research Infrastructure

Andrew Simpson (Organiser)
6 Apr 2018

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

Goals and Prioritization: Strategic Planning in University Museums

Andrew Simpson (Participant), Barbara Rothermel (Participant), David Ellis (Participant), Hugues Dreysse (Participant), Kai Zhang (Participant), Kate Arnold-Forster (Participant), Yong Duan (Participant)
11 Apr 201820 Apr 2018

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

Press / Media

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

New art exhibition collates treasures across Macquarie University museums and collections

Andrew Simpson


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

New Directions for NSW Museums?

Andrew Simpson


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other


Inquiry into museums and galleries in NSW

Andrew Simpson (Participant)

Impact: Public policy impacts