Professor Jane Edwards


From: Wednesday April 24, 2019, 7:00 am

To: Wednesday April 24, 2019, 8:30 am

To what extent do we need a National Interest Test for government funded university research?

In 2018 Australian academics were shocked to learn that a Ministerial veto had been applied on a number of grants funded through the Australian Research Council (ARC) scheme. Subsequently a National Interest Test was applied to all new grants applied for through the ARC. This brief presentation will cover some of the challenges for universities, and individual academics in particular, in attaining research funding in a prevailing climate of "national interest". Speculation on the need for testing in the national interest, and the value proposition in the conduct of Ministerial oversight will be discussed.  

Professor Jane Edwards, PhD is a member of the executive leadership team in the Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education at the University of New England (UNE) in Armidale, New South Wales where she is Chair of the Research Committee for the university, and serves on the UNE Academic Board. 



Professor Jane Edwards

Associate Dean, Research - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education

Jane Edwards

Phone: +61 2 6773 2017




Jane Edwards is an experienced academic leader in research development and academic mentoring. Her research interests intersect creative arts, methodology, health, child and family, and mental wellbeing. She is sole editor for the Oxford Handbook of Music Therapy published in 2016 and is Editor-in-Chief for The Arts in Psychotherapy published by Elsevier. Jane has given more than 20 keynote lectures in seven countries. She is the President of the Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare.  Prior to commencing at UNE she has worked as a researcher or senior academic leader in seven universities across four countries; Australia, Germany, Ireland and the UK.




  • PhD (University of Queensland)
  • MMus (University of Melbourne)
  • BMus (University of Melbourne)



Teaching Areas

Qualitative research methods.

Arts-based research.

Parent–infant attachment.



Research Interests

The first one thousand days of life.

Music and the creative arts.

Mental health.


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