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Our Projects

Higher education

Online Learning Strategy

A University in Western Australia

A review of existing capabilities in online learning delivery and the development of a future strategy for the delivery of high quality wholly online courses.

Engaging employers in Work Integrated Learning: Current State and Future Priorities

Department of Industry

A research project exploring employer views on Work Integrated Learning (WIL), specifically, concerning the barriers limiting participation in WIL and the enablers that assist organisations to engage university students. A summary our findings, and the full report, are available at: https://docs.education.gov.au/documents/engaging-employers-work-integrated-learning-current-state-and-future-priorities

Evaluation of Tertiary Pathways Project

A state government department of education

The project considered the development of three Associate Degree Programs by the Department in partnership with a range of university and industry partners. The evaluation was focused on five key areas: the extent to which progress has been made towards integrating VET and HE, improvements in administrative processes including student tracking and enrolment, factors that support successful partnerships, targeting and gains in access by disadvantaged groups and an identification of innovations and potential future directions.

Funding Policy Paper

Universities Australia

Strategic advice to Universities Australia, the peak body representing universities, regarding the potential outcomes of the 2014-15 Budget. This advice included modelling of the impact of the proposed funding changes and fee deregulation, and an analysis of the impact of the proposed changes to student loans.

Optimising the university resource allocation model

A large regional university in NSW

An independent analysis of the University's existing budget framework (the budget process and the budget model) and the development and recommendation of a new budget framework aimed at ensuring the University's financial sustainability.

Market Validation

A private online educator

A market validation exercise to test a proposed business model in the Australian market for an online learning provider.  This was undertaken by obtaining understanding of the reaction to the various aspects of the model and its value proposition from universities identified by the client as possible new providers.

Financial turnaround strategy and implementation

A large dual sector Victorian University

Development of a model for financial planning and forecasting and provision of advice regarding financial strategies to cope with funding cuts and other financial exigencies. This advice included quantifying the staff savings required, assisting with the achievement of the strands of the organisational reform program, and helping to cost and prioritise strategic initiatives.

The project also involved understanding and improving student retention and aligning administration processes for efficiency gains.

Review of the service delivery model for student amenities

A large dual sector University

Review of a University's Student Amenities Association service delivery model

Financial sustainability strategy for a $400m+ faculty

A Go8 University

Independent assessment of the financial position of the Faculty including identifying the broad profitability of the key activities undertaken by the Faculty, across teaching, research, commercial and other activities.

Advice regarding eligibility for Australian government research funding

A UK university with international campuses

A UK university wished to pursue eligibility for funding for research and research training (research postgraduate students) through Australian Government programs. We developed a compelling detailed Policy Paper to make the case for the change sought by the University.

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