Alex Bannigan works on driving change in UNSW Engineering’s education strategy, which aims to deliver quality education at scale. Alex is focused on teaching excellence and innovation in Engineering - primarily, professional development of our teaching staff, and changing culture and mindset to ensure teaching is prioritised, valued and rewarded. She leads a team of education specialists who encourage academics to explore and adopt new pedagogies, technologies and approaches through peer-learning, evidence-based advice, individualised teaching support and community development.
Alex has a PhD in science, and spent ten years in the US working as a researcher at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, then as an education-focused academic at James Madison University in Virginia, where she was also the Director of Microscopy and Imaging. She returned to Australia in 2014, taking up the role of Women in Engineering Manager in 2014 before moving into Education Innovation in 2017.
Alex's greatest passion is getting young people excited about science. She practices regularly on her own children.