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Barbara O'Conner - Panel Chairperson

Panel Chair Training

  • NZPPC Panel Chair and Audit Training – annual from 1994 – 1999.

Work Experience

  • Director of Academic Development and Member of Executive Committee, UNITEC Institute of Technology, 1997 – 2002.
  • Academic Adviser, UNITEC Institute of Technology, 1992 – 1997.
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Business, Carrington Polytechnic, 1989 – 1992, before that a full time tutor from 1997 – 1998.
  • Part time Tutor, Auckland Technical Institute, 1978 – 1985.
  • Teacher of Science and Economics, 1974 – 1978.
  • Junior Lecturer, Zoology Department, University of Auckland, 1970 – 1973.
  • Currently consulting in the area of tertiary strategy, curriculum development and accreditation advice with own consulting company (O’Connor & Associates).
  • Currently working as the Accreditation Adviser for the accreditation by the Australian Medical Council of the MBChB, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland.

Quality Experience

  • Board member New Zealand Polytechnic Programmes Committee, 1996 – 2001.
  • Member of Evaluation Panel, Honolulu Community College, with the Accrediting Commission of Communities and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association, 1994.
  • New Zealand Member, Australasian Association for Institutional Research (AAIR), 2000 – 2001.
  • Chairperson for 14 NZPPC Approval and Accreditation panels, 1994 – present.
  • 11 paper evaluations for NZPPC, 1994 – present.
  • Lead Evaluator for 6 Polytechnic Quality Management Systems, 1994 – 1995.
  • Auditor for one Polytechnic, 1999 – 2000.
  • Member of APNZ Working party for Standards, 1993 – 1994.
  • Member of APNZ/NZPPC Working Party for Audit and Audit Standards, 1998 –1999.
  • Workshop Leader on Audit, with Academic Audit Unit (AAU), 1995.
  • National External Moderator, NCB Economic Environment, 1989 – 1991.

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