Meet our Academics

Dean of StudiesTim Laurence
Dean of Studies

Mr Laurence is the Dean of Studies at UTS:INSEARCH. He is an academic leader with extensive experience in higher education teaching and education management. Prior to taking up his current position at UTS:INSEARCH, Mr Laurence held the position of Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning, in the Faculty of Design Architecture and Building at UTS.

Mr Laurence holds overall responsibility for the design, delivery and quality assurance of all UTS:INSEARCH pathway programs both locally and internationally.

UTS Foundation Studies Program Manager Sally Payne
Associate Dean of Studies

Sally Payne has worked at UTS:INSEARCH for more than 18 years and has a long history of achievements including co-creating the first UTS:INSEARCH Diploma of IT. Prior to becoming the Associate Dean of Studies, Sally was the Program Manager for UTS Foundation Studies and the Diploma of IT where she was responsible for the academic management of the pathway diploma program and management of the UTS Foundation Studies program.

Sally has extensive experience in IT after her years spent as a lecturer in IT at UTS, as a senior manager working for a blue chip utility company, and working for the NSW state government. Ms Payne received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Macquarie University.

Sally also leads the Quality Assurance program for UTS:INSEARCH courses.

Communication Program ManagerDr Janet Gibson
Communication Program Manager

Janet Gibson has over twenty years’ experience in the tertiary education sector including lecturing in the Department of Communication Studies at UTS in English Communication at UNSW, Canberra; and in academic literacy at ELSSA, UTS. She has also worked in learning institutions as diverse as the Australian College of Applied Psychology, the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and Taylor’s College in Malaysia.

Janet has an undergraduate degree in English Literature (with a double major) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Arts in Theatre and Film Studies (UNSW). She has three post-graduate degrees from UTS: a Master of Applied Linguistics, a Master of Adult Education (majoring in Communication), and a Graduate Diploma in Communication. Janet has a Doctor of Philosophy from Macquarie University with research focusing on dementia, narrative and performance. She also runs a small publishing and production company, One Hand, which has a disability focus. 

Business Program ManagerGreg Cunningham
Business Program Manager

Greg Cunningham has more than ten years' teaching experience in the areas of economics, management and finance both in the higher education sector and the broader finance industry. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. He has a keen interest in and has been active in education and professional standards in the financial planning industry and has operated his own financial planning practice for over 12 years.

Greg has a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University, a Diploma of Financial Planning from Deakin University, a Master of Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management and a Master of Education from The University of Technology Sydney.

Greg has taught in the UTS:INSEARCH Business program for over 7 years and continues to teach economics and finance while being responsible for the overall Diploma of Business program.

Design Program ManagerDr Matthew Holt
Design Program Manager

Matthew Holt has 20 years' experience in the tertiary education sector. He has lectured in the history of art and design at the University of Technology Sydney, the Australian National University, the University of Western Sydney, the College of Fine Arts UNSW and the University of Sydney. He has also taught film, media and communication studies, literature and drama, and has published widely on contemporary art, design, literature, theatre, and on political philosophy.

Matthew has a Bachelor of Arts, first class honours, in Art History from The University of Queensland and a Doctor of Philosophy in Art History and Theory from The University of Sydney. He is also a practising graphic designer with over 50 books to his credit.

Engineering and Science Program Manager

Dr Maree Skillen
Science Program Manager

Dr Skillen joined UTS:INSEARCH in January 2015, setting up the new Diploma of Science program which now incorporates streams in both Physical Sciences and Life Sciences to meet the needs of students who are seeking to develop careers in a range of scientific fields. Her impressive range of qualifications include a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physics, with sub-majors in Computing and Mathematics and postgraduate qualifications including a Master of Education, a Master in Leadership and Management in Education and a Doctor of Philosophy, with her research specialty being in promoting thinking skills within high school classrooms using digital media. 

Dr Skillen has a broad background in school teaching, with expertise in the curriculum areas of science, mathematics and computing technology. She has lectured at the University of Technology Sydney and other large universities in Sydney and Melbourne. In 2008, Dr Skillen was awarded the New South Wales Premier's Scholarship for Mathematics which enabled her to complete a study tour of the United Kingdom on the use of technology in mathematics. 

Information Technology Program Manager Jasmine Cheng
Engineering and Information Technology Program Manager

Jasmine joined UTS:INSEARCH in 1998 and has held a number of roles. She is now the Program Manager for Engineering and Information Technology.

Jasmine’s impressive qualifications include a Master of Information and Communication Technology and Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems from the University of Wollongong and an Advanced Diploma in IT awarded by the Informatics Academy and validated by NCC Education UK.

Foundation Studies Program ManagerSusan Sherringham
Foundation Studies Program Manager

Susan Sherringham has over twenty years’ experience in education across the secondary, vocational and tertiary education sectors including ten years at the University of Technology Sydney where she was a Senior Lecturer and Course Director in the School of Design.

Susan has broad experience in education design and research and has lead research projects including a Priority Project for the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Susan has a Bachelor of Design from Sydney College of the Arts and has remained actively engaged in this area; in her own practice and as a design facilitator on the UTS Master Plan projects and the associated learning and teaching initiatives at the university.

Communication Program ManagerJennifer Banks
Learning and Teaching Consultant

Jennifer Banks has a Master of Applied Linguistics, Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning and a Diploma in Business Administration and Management.

Jennifer has worked in the tertiary education sector for fifteen years, in regional universities in the Northern Territory and Queensland, teaching and managing ‘pathways programs’ tailored programs for Indigenous learners on and off community and teaching in undergraduate communication, sociology and academic literacy subjects.