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Evaluation of the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education

Department of Education, Skills and Employment

We evaluated the appropriateness, efficiency and effectiveness of the activities and performance of the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE). 

Health Check Review

Universities Australia

We undertook a health check of UA and reviewed UA operations, examining whether UA’s broad positioning was fit for purpose in an increasingly complex operating environment.

Review of a science education program

CSIRO

A review of one of CSIRO’s education programs aimed at promoting STEM and enthusing students about STEM. 

Advice and assistance with strategic and regulatory options for higher education delivery

A high profile medical research institute

The Institute was looking to make a significant investment to secure its long-term sustainability. In particular it was exploring options to develop an ongoing pipeline of medical researchers through education consonant with the proposed strategic growth in its research and teaching activities.

To support this more agile and innovative approach to recruiting and developing the next generation of medical researchers the Institute was exploring options such as becoming a distinctive provider of research-focused tertiary education. We provided advice to the Institute regarding its business case, the regulatory requirements, and strategic options.

 

Expanding research cooperation between regional Australia & Southeast Asia

Department of Education, Skills and Employment

For this project, six teams from four Australian regional universities were awarded grants by the Department to develop collaborative research activities with colleagues in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic required significant changes in focus and approach to establishing and sustaining meaningful research partnerships.

Research support for disability employment policy development

A Commonwealth government department

The department was developing a national employment strategy for people with disability. The strategy aimed to encompass a range of initiatives to address the contemporary needs and pressing challenges in Australia’s disability employment system. We were contracted to:

  • provide advice on the development of the proposed employment strategy
  • provide advice on mapping of the current income support payment and employment assistance system
  • support the department in investigating and identifying effective programs operating outside of government; and how they could complement the development of a national employment strategy
  • assist with the initiation and conduct of a review of the department’s Disability Employment Services scheme
  • assist with stakeholder management
  • support internal staff to improve policy development skills and capability.

Strategic planning framework

A regional university

The University sought to develop a best practice planning, monitoring and reporting framework and processes for its strategic, operational and financial plans. In addition, the University wanted to identify potential improvements to current practice, including advice on the use of tools and templates that provide a streamlined and embedded process going forward.

Quality Assurance of Work Integrated Learning in Australian Higher Education

Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills and Employment

We provided advice to the Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) on the adequacy of quality assurance arrangements and the associated policy guidance for Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities undertaken as part of higher education courses in Australian higher education. The expansion of WIL beyond fields of study with long-established approaches to the design and oversight of experiences required for entry to professions had raised concerns about the quality of the WIL experience for students and their learning outcomes. The project team also examined the adequacy of the quality assurance arrangements and the appropriateness of policy settings to support industry workplace or end-user placements (‘placements’) undertaken as part of postgraduate (higher) degrees by research (HDR).

Evaluation of restorative practice in schools

A state government department of education

The Department piloted a program aimed at restoring relationships and reducing the harm caused by disruptive and/or negative behaviours in schools through the application of restorative practice. The program involved training teachers and student support staff in the pilot schools and the provision of support and advice to these schools by a community service organisation experienced in restorative practice.

Academic Credit Arrangements

Commonwealth Department of Education

We undertook research to support the Higher Education Standards Panel’s consideration of the adequacy of the regulatory framework for academic credit pathways in higher education. 

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