Emeritus Professor
Central Queensland University

Professor Deborah Clayton has worked in the University and Government sectors, and as a consultant. Her recent activities include international education strategic planning and business development projects, strategic, governance and operational reviews, quality audits, accreditations, development of quality systems, preparing universities for quality audit, and professional development workshops. She particularly focuses on quality and transnational education and works with public and private institutions, as well as onshore and offshore governments.

Professor Clayton is an active international reviewer, specialist, and expert group member with higher education accreditation, quality assurance and regulatory authorities in Australia, New Zealand, Oman, and Hong Kong. She coordinated quality audits for the Oman Academic Accreditation Agency in 2009, 2013 and 2016 and has been a chair, panel member or an audit coordinator for twelve quality audits of universities and higher education providers in Australia, Oman, and New Zealand. In Oman she was the Australian member of the expert panel advising on the development of Institutional and Programme Standards Assessment. Professor Clayton is also the Independent Chair of the Accreditation Committee for Prevocational Medical Accreditation in Queensland, Australia.

For 28 years Professor Clayton was a teaching and research academic, an academic manager, and a manager and leader in international education development at Central Queensland University. Her management positions included Dean of International Programmes, Dean of the Faculty of Informatics and Communication. Whilst Faculty Dean she provided leadership in the development of teaching and learning models for quality multi-site (including onshore and offshore sites), multi-mode (on-campus and distance) and multi-technology programme delivery. She has a multidisciplinary background in Mathematics, Education and Information Technology and was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Award for Quality Teaching.

Professor Clayton has over 20 years of experience in both onshore and offshore Education partnerships and has developed, implemented and reviewed programmes in multiple sites in Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East. Her responsibilities focused on strategic and business development, quality programme delivery and compliance systems.