Professor Buckland is the Director of First Year Experience of UNSW Sydney.
Richard is a Professor in CyberCrime Cyberwar and Cyberterror at the School of Computer Science and Engineering UNSW, Visiting Professor in Educational Design at the National University of Malaysia UKM, and Grand Challenge Visiting Professor in CyberSecurity at Taylors University.
He was Director of Professional Education and Chair of the Academic Board of the Australian Computer Society, Director of Education of the Australian Centre for Cyber Security, and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia. He is the Director of the UNSW/CommBank Security Engineering Capability partnership -SecEDU, and long term member of the UNSW Academic Board and the University Academic Quality Committee.
He was the 2008 Australian and New Zealand Engineering Educator of the Year (Engineers Australia) and the 2013 Australian ICT Educator of the Year (iAwards) and has been the recipient of 10 peer reviewed awards in teaching and education including awards from the Australian College of Educators and the The Australian Learning and Teaching Council. He pioneered the first Australian MOOC, has hundreds of thousands of students and millions of views online, and is co-founder of social education platform OpenLearning.com.
His research areas lie in Education and Teaching, and in Cyber Security and Security Engineering. Currently he is working on the affective domain (emotions, belief, motivation and feelings), learning communities and kindness, non-mark based motivation in online education, and engineering secure electronic elections in untrusted environments.
Richard has a love for teaching and a deep faith in the potential of all his students. He has taught over 10,000 students face to face at numerous levels including primary school, high school, undergraduate, postgraduate and professional students, and hundreds of thousands of students electronically. He has a passionate belief in the importance of education, of learning, of thinking. He has a particular interest in unconventional students: including gifted and talented students and students with learning difficulties.
Before commencing his second degree he worked as an actuary and management consultant - which was not a patch on being a teacher. His hobbies include being a husband and dad, reading everything, cinema, bush regeneration, breaking things, puzzles, games, music, speaking in the third person, and being a rascal.
UNSW level contributions
- UNSW Scientia Education Academy
- Academic Board
- Academic Quality Committee
- VCATE Selection Committee
- Australian Computer Society
- Australian Centre for Cyber Security
- Institute of Actuaries of Australia.
- UNSW/CommBank Security Engineering Capability partnership -SecEDU
2019 Lecture: Changing Minds
Excellence in education involves more than just knowledge transfer – it enables and inspires us to change profoundly, who we are and how we think and respond.
What can busy, stressed, over assessed teachers do to foster this sort of educational experience for our busy, stressed, over assessed students?
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2017 Lecture: A Conversation with Richard Buckland
Professor Richard Buckland is renowned for creating powerful learning communities. In this conversation, he contemplated teaching and the future of education. Education is the basis of society and its impact is made through teachers, one’s peers and the transformational experiences that surround students. But, is learning today no more than videos, quizzes, testing, or recalling facts? Is education something more?
Richard wants to help students develop how they think, how they approach life, how they approach problems, build character, resilience and happiness.
What does Richard actually do? How does he engage with his students? How does he cultivate the passion within his students, and translate that passion into measurable outcomes and achievement?
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