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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.


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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Projects 2009 2019

Research Outputs 1987 2019

Developing cross-disciplinary networks with university collections: a case study

Simpson, A., Thogersen, J., Hammond, G., Janiszewski, L. & Guerry, E., 23 Aug 2019, In : University museums and collections journal. 11, 1, p. 116 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstractResearchpeer-review

First complete record of the early Sheinwoodian carbon isotope anomaly from Australia

Frýda, J., Simpson, A. J. & Frýdová, B., Jul 2019, 3rd International Congress on Stratigraphy - Strati 2019: abstract book. Petti, F. M., Innamorati, G., Carmina, B. & Germani, D. (eds.). Milan: Societa Geologica Italiana, p. 168 1 p.

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

carbon isotope

Four frameworks for university museums

Simpson, A., 23 Aug 2019, In : University museums and collections journal. 11, 1, p. 40 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstractResearchpeer-review

Mirror Mirror 2: portraits from the collection, new donations

Janiszewski, L. & Simpson, A., 2019

Research output: Non-traditional research outputCuratorshipResearch

Private World

Natural History before Darwin...and after

Simpson, A. & August, J., Apr 2019, Humanist Viewpoints, 58, 2, p. 9-11 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticleResearch


Best Student Presentation

Andrew Simpson (Recipient), 9 Feb 1994



Citation for Service

Andrew Simpson (Recipient), 4 Jul 2009

Prize: Other distinction


Citation for Service

Andrew Simpson (Recipient), 5 Jun 2010

Prize: Other distinction

teachers' association

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 2019

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

UMAC University Museums and Collections (External organisation)

Andrew Simpson (Chair)

Activity: MembershipMembership of board

University Museums and Collections as Cultural Hubs: the Future of Tradition

Andrew Simpson (Member of programme committee)
1 Sep 20197 Sep 2019

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

Judge 2019 MAGNA Awards

Andrew Simpson (Participant)
20 Feb 201916 May 2019

Activity: Other

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