The Australian National University
Emeritus Faculty Member


John is a consultant in education having in recent years been a Visiting Fellow at the ANU Centre for UNESCO. His other roles include Auditor for the Australian Universities Quality Agency, Member of the Australian Institute of Sport Research Committee, Board Member of Canberra Grammar School and Member of the Queensland Ministerial Advisory Committee on Higher Education.

John was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) at the University of Canberra 1993-97 having been Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services) and Chair of Academic Board 1988-92. He was First Assistant Secretary (Higher Education) in the Commonwealth Department of Employment Education and Training 1987-88 following three years as Assistant Commissioner (TAFE) and three years as Assistant Commissioner (Planning and Analysis) in the Commonwealth Tertiary Education Commission.

His career spans several areas of education Ė high school teacher, university lecturer, director of curriculum for two school systems (NT and ACT), Federal administrator in post-secondary education and university administrator. He has published and lectured in such fields as curriculum development, cross-cultural education, international education and youth policy.

John has a Bachelor of Science with Honours from the University of New South Wales majoring in psychology and industrial arts, a Diploma of Education from the University of Sydney and a PhD from the University of New South Wales for research in cross-cultural curriculum development.

His achievements in curriculum development, educational administration and international education have been recognised in several awards. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Education, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and an Honorary Professor of the Beijing Second Foreign Language University. He was awarded a 9 month Australian Government Fellowship in 1981 to study youth policy in the United Kingdom and Europe.

In recent years as Chairman of the ACT Accreditation and Registration Council Dr Grant has played a leading role in developing and implementing arrangements for the registration of training providers and the accreditation of courses from Certificate to PhD level. His recent consulting work has included a national review of equity programs for the Australian National Training Authority, a developmental project in consumer participation in health care for the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care and reviews for the Commonwealth Department of Education Science and Technology of education and training to meet skill shortages in the information technology and communication industries and of ICT education and training policies in Australia and other countries. He has participated in a number of AUQA audits.

Johnís other interests include Rotary, golf, music and travel.

Main Interests:

Tertiary education, accreditation, audit, university governance, cross-sectoral.


Available for postgraduate supervision, consultation, projects