Professor Cath Ellis

Professor Cath Ellis


BA (Hons), PhD, PFHEA

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of the Arts and Media

Cath Ellis is a Professor in the School of the Arts and Media. She is the Faculty Student Integrity Advisor. From 2014-2020 she was Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and then until 2021 was Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture.  Prior to that she was the Director of Teaching and learning in the School of Music, Humanities and Media at the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, UK and a lecturer in English at the University of Wollongong in Australia. While her background is in Australian and Postcolonial Literature, her current research is in the area of academic integrity with a particular interest in contract cheating. In 2019, the Times Higher Education named her as one of their people of the year for her work in this area. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and in 2010 was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

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  • Book Chapters | 2022
    2022, '“(Im)possible to Prove”: Formalising Academic Judgement Evidence in Contract Cheating Cases Using Bibliographic Forensics', in Contract Cheating in Higher Education: Global Perspectives on Theory, Practice, and Policy, Springer International Publishing, pp. 185 - 198,
    Book Chapters | 2020
    2020, 'Technology, policy and research: establishing evidentiary standards for managing contract cheating cases', in A Research Agenda for Academic Integrity, Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 138 - 151,
    Book Chapters | 2018
    2018, 'The practicalities of using assessment management to develop evaluative judgement', in Developing Evaluative Judgement in Higher Education: Assessment for Knowing and Producing Quality Work, pp. 127 - 135,
    Book Chapters | 2017
    2017, 'The Importance of E-Portfolios for Effective Student-Facing Learning Analytics', in E-Portfolios in Higher Education A Multidisciplinary Approach, Springer, pp. 35 - 49,
    Book Chapters | 2014
    2014, 'Reflections on the role of self-paced, online resources in higher education or how youtube is teaching me how to knit', in Open Source Technology: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications, pp. 1265 - 1281,
    Book Chapters | 2013
    2013, 'Reflections on the role of self-paced, online resources in higher education or how youtube is teaching me how to knit', in Cases on Quality Teaching Practices in Higher Education, pp. 330 - 353,
    Book Chapters | 2011
    Ellis C, 2011, 'Using student assessment choice and e-assessment to achieve self-regulated learning', in Dettori G; Persico D (ed.), Fostering Self-regulated Learning Through ICT, IGI Global, pp. 89
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Ellis C; Folley S, 2010, 'Handbook of Research on Hybrid Learning Models', in Wang FL; Fong J; Kwan R (ed.), Handbook of Research on Hybrid Learning Models, IGI Global,
    Book Chapters | 2004
    2004, 'Whiteness in constructions of Australian nationhood: Indigenes, immigrants and governmentality', in Whitening Race Essays in Social and Cultural Criticism, Aboriginal Studies Press, pp. 208 - 221
  • Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'Contract cheating in Australian higher education: a comparison of non-university higher education providers and universities', Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 45, pp. 125 - 139,
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'Does authentic assessment assure academic integrity? Evidence from contract cheating data', Higher Education Research and Development, 39, pp. 454 - 469,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Harper R; Bretag T; Ellis C; Newton P; Rozenberg P; Saddiqui S; van Haeringen K, 2019, 'Contract cheating: a survey of Australian university staff', Studies in Higher Education, 44, pp. 1857 - 1873,
    Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'Contract cheating and assessment design: exploring the relationship', Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 44, pp. 676 - 691,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Ellis C; Bretag T; Harper R; Burton M; Newton P; Rozenburg P; Saddiqui S; van Haeringen K, 2018, 'Contract cheating: a survey of Australian university students.', Studies in Higher Education,
    Journal articles | 2018
    2018, 'The infernal business of contract cheating: Understanding the business processes and models of academic custom writing sites', International Journal for Educational Integrity, 14,
    Journal articles | 2013
    2013, 'Broadening the scope and increasing the usefulness of learning analytics: The case for assessment analytics', British Journal of Educational Technology, 44, pp. 662 - 664,
    Journal articles | 2013
    2013, 'The possessive logic of settler-invader nations in Olympic ceremonies', Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 10, pp. 105 - 123,
    Journal articles | 2012
    Ellis C, 2012, 'Streamlining plagiarism detection: The role of electronic assessment management', International Journal for Educational Integrity, 8, pp. 46 - 56
    Journal articles | 2007
    Journal articles | 2007
    2007, 'The Barry McKenzie Movies', STUDIES IN AUSTRALASIAN CINEMA, 1, pp. 119 - 121,
    Journal articles | 2006
    2006, 'Running race: Reconciliation, nationalism and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games', International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 41, pp. 181 - 200,
    Journal articles | 2004
    2004, 'Helping yourself: Mario Morgan and the fabrication of indigenous wisdom', Australian Literary Studies, 21
    Journal articles | 1997
    1997, 'Socialist realism in the Australian literary context: With specific reference to the writing of Katharine Susannah Prichard', Journal of Australian Studies, 21, pp. 38 - 44,
  • Conference Papers | 2008
    Ellis C, 2008, '‘You Can’t Do That in a Classroom!’: How Distributed Learning Can Assist in the Widespread Adoption of Hybrid Learning Strategies', in Hybrid Learning and Education, Hybrid Learning and Education, pp. 1 - 16, presented at Hybrid Learning and Education, 13 August 2008 - 15 August 2008,

2016 Office of Learning and Teaching Strategic Priority Project: Contract Cheating and Assessment Design: Exploring the Connection AUD338 000

Project Leaders: Tracey Bretag and Rowena Harper (University of South Australia),

Project Team: Cath Ellis (UNSW), Karen van Haeringen (Griffith University), Pearl Rozenberg (University of Sydney), Phil Newton (Swansea University)

2011 Joint Information Systems Committee Assessment and Feedback Program: Evaluating the Benefits of Electronic Assessment Management GBP48 000

Project Leader: Cath Ellis

Project Director: Tim Thornton

Project Team: Cheryl Reynolds, Sue Folley, Liz Bennett, Paul Buckley, Kathrine Jensen, Sarah Broxton (University of Huddersfield)

2005 Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund: Incorporating Distributed Learning Strategies into Modules Delivered to Remote Centres and Franchise Colleges GBP143 000

Project Leader: Cath Ellis (University of Huddersfield)


Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning, Unviersity of Wollongong, 2002 AUD5000

National Teaching Fellowship, HIgher Education Academy, 2010 GBP10 000

Extraordinary Contribution Award, Thank You Awards, University of Huddersfield, GBP500

Cath's is an internationally recognised researcher and advocate in the area of academic integrity. She has published widely on the problem of contract cheating and her research has been widely cited. She is regularly consulted by Higher Education Institutions in Australia and around the world. Her advise is sought by governments and educational regulators and she regularly contributes to media reporting on the problem of cheating in educational institutions.