Dr Cooley, Director of Higher Education, is responsible for leading the delivery of Higher Education Qualifications at Melbourne Polytechnic, which support a wide portfolio of industries that include Accounting, Agriculture, Architecture, Business, Creative Industries (Music, Songwriting and Illustration), Education, Engineering, Hospitality, ICT, and Veterinary.
Dr Cooley is also responsible for:
The Higher Education Directorate consists of two departments that delivered 26 high quality qualifications across 2023 - 2024.
Nicola has been teaching and researching in plant production and stress physiology for over 20 years at a wide range of international institutes including the University of Cambridge / University of East London (UK) partnership, Aberystwyth University (Wales), University of Melbourne (Australian), CSIRO (Australian), and Melbourne Polytechnic (Australian). Nicola has taught an extensive cohort of Agriculture students the production of Viticultural, Horticultural, and Agronomical crops.
Prior to joining Melbourne Polytechnic, Nicola was researching the impacts of climate change in a wide range of sectors including horticultural, viticultural, and agronomical crops. Nicola’s research focus was on:
Nicola has extensive experience addressing complex industry issues that require in depth consideration of the problem and as such require working in multi-disciplinary research teams. Research projects have included both;
ensuring optimal commercial outputs for plant production are achieved.
Nicola supports translation of her knowledge and research findings through; book chapters, peer review journal research articles, presenting at conferences, industry publications, and teaching. Nicola focus is on addressing complex industry problems with innovative solutions that the sector can use to drive solutions.