Libby Hackett

Libby Hackett


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Libby is a recognised expert in higher education policy and strategy in Australia and the UK and a visiting fellow at Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University (ANU). She has played a key role in developing higher education policy, funding and regulatory system solutions at the national level and advising universities as they navigate changing external environments. Libby enjoys finding positive and pragmatic solutions to highly complex problems. She has around 20 years’ experience of working with the university and school sectors and has held senior roles in government, parliament, a think tank, peak bodies and in private sector consultancy in both countries.

Influential work

  • Significantly contributed to the design, advocacy and implementation of an income-contingent loan system for UK higher education across two major system iterations
  • Oversaw major research and an effective public campaign to secure increased funding for research excellence through a period of major public funding cuts
  • Was twice instrumental in removing UK student number controls, including working closely with the Treasury to model a staggered approach to mitigate risk
  • Supported an EU government to design a university funding system that would enable access to more students, drive quality, support better research and be affordable and sustainable
  • Developed a transformational strategy for a world-leading law school.

Outside of Nous

Before joining Nous, Libby was the chief executive of University Alliance in the UK and then a partner (higher education) and global head of the Government and Public Policy Practice at Perrett Laver, based in Sydney. She is an invited fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce; and was named one of the UK’s ‘Education Reformers of the Year’ by the Education Foundation for promoting social mobility and access to higher education. She has written many higher education publications, policy reports, book chapters, articles and government and parliamentary reports.

Libby is a visiting fellow at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU, and holds a Master and a Bachelor of Arts (politics, philosophy and economics) from the University of Oxford. She has formally served as a director on the UK Higher Education Commission; as an advisor to the Browne Review of Higher Education Fees and Funding; and as a board director of the Bridge Group, promoting social mobility in education She is currently a member of the UPP Foundation Advisory Board and the Economics of Higher Education Group.

In her spare time...

Libby enjoys life in beautiful Thirroul (Illawarra) with her husband and their dog – a 65kg Bullmastiff ‘puppy’ – who takes them on many beach and bush walks.