Director, Engagement

James Brann - Director, Engagement and Transition Practice Leader

James is an award-winning leader within the Division of Student Services. James holds a Masters degree in Education and has taught and provided educational leadership in Australia, South East Asia and Europe. James is the Director of Engagement and Transition Practice Leader at CSU. James is completing his PhD in Political Science (UNSW) that looks to historically analyse the role of the Public Interest test within Competition Policy. In 2012, James led the development of the CSU Outreach Team, which in 2016 won the Equity and Opportunity category at the Australian Financial Review Higher Education Awards. James seeks to drive more innovative and equitable access to quality educational outcomes for those living outside metropolitan areas.


  • Doctoral Thesis: Competition Policy and the public interest: The role of ideology and pragmatism in rural and remote government decision making (UNSW).
  • Master of Education (University of New England)
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Charles Sturt University)  


  • Uys, P., Brann, J., Klapdor, T., & Smith, M. (2013). Mobile Learning in eHealth: Increasing Learning Options by Supporting the Mobility of Learners in Developing Contexts.


  • Market Based Education Reforms and Their Impact on Higher Educational Quality: A Discourse Analysis of Government Reforms and Charles Sturt University, Australia – The 18th International Conference on Learning
  • Anywhere, anytime and completely open: A paperless open sourced PhD – CSU ED
  • A ICT mapping tool for subject and course direction of digital Literacies – CSU ED
  • Reference Learning Spaces: Finding a new dimension to static environments - CSU ED
  • Developing desirable student online learning experiences from a course perspective: A case study on formative eLearning implementation at Charles Sturt University – Ausakai
  • Investigating academic acceptance of technology: Using the technology acceptance model to inform technology use and implementation at Charles Sturt University - Ausakai


  • Runners Up in the Australian Regional Development Award "Community Development" CSU Outreach Team 2017 
  • Australian Financial Review National Higher Education Award "Equity and Opportunity", CSU Outreach Team 2016
  • Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellence: Team Award 2013
  • Charles Sturt University Divisional Award: Team Performance 2015