LH Martin Institute Insights Blog http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/ Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:31:44 +1000 Leading the Academy: distributed leadership in Higher Education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/09/260-leading-the-academy-distributed-leadership-in-higher-education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/09/260-leading-the-academy-distributed-leadership-in-higher-education Prof Sandra Jones, RMIT, has published a HERDSA Guide Leading the Academy: distributed leadership in Higher Education, which was launched at the 2017 HERDSA Annual Conference. Tue, 05 Sep 2017 15:13:47 +1000 Innovation skills and our preference for using them http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/08/259-innovation-skills-and-our-preference-for-using-them http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/08/259-innovation-skills-and-our-preference-for-using-them Read more on skills for innovation and cognitive styles from Ed Bernacki, featured international guest at this years’ Service Improvement and Innovation in Universities Conference Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:10:39 +1000 Overcoming the challenges of digital transformation – lessons learned from the NZ Government http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/07/258-overcoming-the-challenges-of-digital-transformation-lessons-learned-from-the-nz-government http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/07/258-overcoming-the-challenges-of-digital-transformation-lessons-learned-from-the-nz-government Keynote Presenter at the upcoming Service Improvement and Innovation in Universities Conference, Mr Darryl Carpenter talks about the ambitions of Better Public Services Result 10 and harnessing cross-agency collaboration to overcome digital transformation. Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:12:19 +1000 Part-time work and advancement: A study of female professional staff in Australian universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/07/257-part-time-work-and-advancement-a-study-of-female-professional-staff-in-australian-universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/07/257-part-time-work-and-advancement-a-study-of-female-professional-staff-in-australian-universities Part-time work is a typical feature of women’s employment, especially in the years when women are raising young children. Historically, most of this part-time work came with severe penalties such as lack of career progression. Since the late 1980s and the introduction of specific legislation to promote employment equity for women (currently the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012), part-time work has been seen as a strategy that organisations can use to retain their staff and keep them on a career track. The ultimate goal is that there is no disadvantage of a period of part-time work over the period of a working career. Has this happened? Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:29:52 +1000 A Vocational Education and Training Sector for the Future http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/06/256-a-vocational-education-and-training-sector-for-the-future http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/06/256-a-vocational-education-and-training-sector-for-the-future Honorary Fellow Martin Riordan argues for the incorporation of VET into a seamless tertiary system and the national innovation agenda. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:30:04 +1000 Avoiding regulatory responsibility and its impact on student loan programs http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/06/255-avoiding-regulatory-responsibility-and-its-impact-on-student-loan-programs http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/06/255-avoiding-regulatory-responsibility-and-its-impact-on-student-loan-programs Mark Warburton discusses the Education Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 and how it affects student loan programs. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:07:27 +1000 Achieving Service Innovation and Service Excellence through the lens of the User Experience http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/06/254-achieving-service-innovation-and-service-excellence-through-the-lens-of-the-user-experience http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/06/254-achieving-service-innovation-and-service-excellence-through-the-lens-of-the-user-experience Australian Catholic University's Dr Stephen Weller reflects upon the remarkable growth and success of his institution since 2013.  Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:19:58 +1000 Look, Listen, Analyse and Think http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/06/253-look-listen-analyse-and-think http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/06/253-look-listen-analyse-and-think University of New England's Suzanne Crew examines the connection between innovation and quality assurance in universities. Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:04:29 +1000 Interview with alumnus David Craig (University of Waikato, NZ; MTEM 2012) http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/06/252-interview-with-alumnus-david-craig-university-of-waikato-nz-mtem-2012 http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/06/252-interview-with-alumnus-david-craig-university-of-waikato-nz-mtem-2012 We interviewed University of Waikato's David Craig about the MTEM and his take on the Aus and NZ higher education sectors. Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:07:06 +1000 Will digital disruption be as powerful as political instruction? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/05/251-will-digital-disruption-be-as-powerful-as-political-instruction http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/05/251-will-digital-disruption-be-as-powerful-as-political-instruction ANU's Lakshmi West on the need for effective strategic policy management to cope with digitalisation. Mon, 22 May 2017 12:28:14 +1000 Innovation Districts, the New Norm http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/05/250-innovation-districts-the-new-norm http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/05/250-innovation-districts-the-new-norm Australian Education City's Haydn Wright discusses developments in the formation of Innovation Districts globally. Thu, 18 May 2017 14:46:55 +1000 Cross-Border Student Mobility: A case study of Aga Khan University http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/04/249-cross-border-student-mobility-a-case-study-of-aga-khan-university http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/04/249-cross-border-student-mobility-a-case-study-of-aga-khan-university Aga Khan University's Dr Tashmin Khamis and Faisal Notta's analysis of the various QA standards their university must abide by. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:48:23 +1000 Redesigning the Higher Education Workforce: A New Architecture http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/04/248-redesigning-the-higher-education-workforce-a-new-architecture http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/04/248-redesigning-the-higher-education-workforce-a-new-architecture Honorary Fellow Liz Baré and Melbourne CSHE Senior Lecturer Emmaline Bexley on the need for a new, robust workforce architecture. Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:17:23 +1000 Vocational Education and the Innovation Agenda http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/03/247-vocational-education-and-the-innovation-agenda http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/03/247-vocational-education-and-the-innovation-agenda Leo G and Ruth Schubert on why VET needs to be a bigger part of Australia's transitioning economy. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:30:08 +1100 Innovations in Health & Care Education in the Netherlands http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/03/246-innovations-in-health-care-education-in-the-netherlands http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/03/246-innovations-in-health-care-education-in-the-netherlands Hanze University of Applied Sciences' Arwin Nimis discusses recent innovations in healthcare education in the Netherlands. Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:43:22 +1100 Facing the future in Australian universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/02/245-facing-the-future-in-australian-universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/02/245-facing-the-future-in-australian-universities Program Director Geoff Sharrock on utilising different mindsets to address major change. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:49:26 +1100 The VET Student Loans Scheme: Is it a good model? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/02/244-the-vet-student-loans-scheme-is-it-a-good-model http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2017/02/244-the-vet-student-loans-scheme-is-it-a-good-model Honorary Fellow Mark Warburton examines the new VET Student Loans scheme to determine if it is any better than VET FEE-HELP. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:42:49 +1100 The VET FEE-HELP debacle: Helping its victims and lessons for administration http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/12/243-the-vet-fee-help-debacle-helping-its-victims-and-lessons-for-administration http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/12/243-the-vet-fee-help-debacle-helping-its-victims-and-lessons-for-administration Honorary Fellow Mark Warburton provides suggestions on how to address the issues surrounding VET FEE-HELP.  Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:39:07 +1100 Reforming tertiary education: what can we learn from the Californian system? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/11/242-reforming-tertiary-education-what-can-we-learn-from-the-californian-system http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/11/242-reforming-tertiary-education-what-can-we-learn-from-the-californian-system Program Director Geoff Sharrock looks at the lessons learned in California and how these could help Australian higher education. Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:40:15 +1100 Resourcing Australia’s tertiary education sector http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/10/241-resourcing-australias-tertiary-education-sector http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/10/241-resourcing-australias-tertiary-education-sector Mark Warburton discusses the need for a more coherent system of funding tertiary education student places. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:20:59 +1100 Service improvement in UK universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/10/240-service-improvement-in-uk-universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/10/240-service-improvement-in-uk-universities Mark Robinson discusses the features, possibilities and concerns of Lean in higher education. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:09:45 +1100 Imagining a possible future for third space professionals in Australian universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/09/239-imagining-a-possible-future-for-third-space-professionals-in-australian-universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/09/239-imagining-a-possible-future-for-third-space-professionals-in-australian-universities JCU's Margaret-Anne Carter and Natalia Veles on the shifting identities of university professional and academic staff. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:54:08 +1000 What if flashier buildings don’t make happier learners? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/09/238-what-if-flashier-buildings-dont-make-happier-learners http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/09/238-what-if-flashier-buildings-dont-make-happier-learners Dr Steven Jones on just how valuable building design is for student engagement. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:10:19 +1000 Financial Health of Australian Universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/09/237-financial-health-of-australian-universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/09/237-financial-health-of-australian-universities Frank Larkins and Ian Marshman assess the financial health of Australian universities to assist future management practices. Thu, 01 Sep 2016 13:42:57 +1000 New Work Order http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/07/236-new-work-order http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/07/236-new-work-order Foundation for Young Australians' CEO, Ms Jan Owen AM on preparing the next generation for the world they will live in. Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:38:20 +1000 One size fits all? A different perspective on university rankings http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/07/235-one-size-fits-all-a-different-perspective-on-university-rankings http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/07/235-one-size-fits-all-a-different-perspective-on-university-rankings Valentina Goglio on the need to take into account the diversity of university ranking consumers' needs and expectations. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:38:38 +1000 Domestic Student Load and Financing Trends at Individual Australian Universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/07/234-domestic-student-load-and-financing-trends-at-individual-australian-universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/07/234-domestic-student-load-and-financing-trends-at-individual-australian-universities Frank Larkins and Ian Marshman on the financial performance of universities following the uncapping of domestic undergraduate places. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:11:54 +1000 British Higher Education post-Brexit: the end of European Value Added and European Values? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/07/233-british-higher-education-post-brexit-the-end-of-european-value-added-and-european-values http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/07/233-british-higher-education-post-brexit-the-end-of-european-value-added-and-european-values Andrew Gunn looks at what Brexit means for British higher education and international collaboration. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 10:48:35 +1000 Research Leadership: Building Innovation and Capacity in Research Organisations http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/06/232-research-leadership-building-innovation-and-capacity-in-research-organisations http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/06/232-research-leadership-building-innovation-and-capacity-in-research-organisations Åsa Olsson on the changing role of research and the Institute's approach to research leadership and management. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:48:07 +1000 International Branch Campuses, the challenges of governance http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/06/231-international-branch-campuses-the-challenges-of-governance http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/06/231-international-branch-campuses-the-challenges-of-governance Paula Sanderson explores the various moral and ethical conflicts faced by Chief Operating Officers such as herself, in managing IBCs. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:21:22 +1000 Why the ’system’ in innovation ecosystems really matters http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/06/230-why-the-system-in-innovation-ecosystems-really-matters http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/06/230-why-the-system-in-innovation-ecosystems-really-matters Professor Leo Goedegebuure emphasises the need for key players to work together in further expanding our innovative ecosystems.  Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:11:41 +1000 Domestic Student Load and Financing Trends for the Deregulated Demand-Driven Australian Universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/06/229-domestic-student-load-and-financing-trends-for-the-deregulated-demand-driven-australian-universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/06/229-domestic-student-load-and-financing-trends-for-the-deregulated-demand-driven-australian-universities Frank Larkins and Ian Marshman look at the effects of the uncapping of domestic undergraduate places on universities' performance. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:24:10 +1000 Research Excellence in Australia’s Universities: The Missing Piece in the Policy Puzzle http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/06/228-research-excellence-in-australias-universities-the-missing-piece-in-the-policy-puzzle http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/06/228-research-excellence-in-australias-universities-the-missing-piece-in-the-policy-puzzle Professorial Fellow Alan Pettigrew proposes a different take on assessing research excellence as a standard for higher education. Thu, 02 Jun 2016 11:17:10 +1000 Touchstone on universities and clever Australia http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/04/227-touchstone-on-universities-and-clever-australia http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/04/227-touchstone-on-universities-and-clever-australia Read former Maastricht University President Prof Jo Ritzen's keynote at the recent Higher Education Conference in Canberra. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:59:12 +1000 Sailing together or sinking in rough seas: leadership development in higher education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/03/226-sailing-together-or-sinking-in-rough-seas-leadership-development-in-higher-education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/03/226-sailing-together-or-sinking-in-rough-seas-leadership-development-in-higher-education Heather Davis, Sandra Jones, Richard Bolden and Paul Gentle on the need to focus on the 'ship' rather than the 'leader'. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:30:46 +1100 A Memory of Elephants on the Modern Campus http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/03/225-a-memory-of-elephants-on-the-modern-campus http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/03/225-a-memory-of-elephants-on-the-modern-campus Paper by Michael Gallagher exploring key public policy on higher education and university research in Australia between 1945 and 2015. Tue, 08 Mar 2016 14:07:27 +1100 Australian Universities Overseas Student Recruitment: Financing Strategies and Outcomes 2004-2014 http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/03/224-australian-universities-overseas-student-recruitment-financing-strategies-and-outcomes-2004-2014 http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/03/224-australian-universities-overseas-student-recruitment-financing-strategies-and-outcomes-2004-2014 Frank Larkins and Ian Marshman look at how universities performed in relation to their internationalisation strategy over 2004-2014. Wed, 02 Mar 2016 13:26:36 +1100 Promoting gender equity within a medical, dental, and health sciences faculty http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/02/223-promoting-gender-equity-within-a-medical-dental-and-health-sciences-faculty http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/02/223-promoting-gender-equity-within-a-medical-dental-and-health-sciences-faculty A group of University of Melbourne-based academics write about their faculty's attempt to increase gender equity. Mon, 15 Feb 2016 16:12:12 +1100 Financial Performance of Australian Universities in 2014 http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/02/222-financial-performance-of-australian-universities-in-2014 http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2016/02/222-financial-performance-of-australian-universities-in-2014 Frank Larkins and Ian Marshman look at how universities performed financially in 2014. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:45:40 +1100 How did the Australian VET system get here? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/12/221-how-did-the-australian-vet-system-get-here http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/12/221-how-did-the-australian-vet-system-get-here Honorary  Fellow Jim Davidson reflects on how the Australian Vocational Education and Training system arrived at its present state. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 12:53:41 +1100 Some innovation in the innovation debate, please http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/11/220-some-innovation-in-the-innovation-debate-please http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/11/220-some-innovation-in-the-innovation-debate-please Current and former Directors of LH Martin Institute Leo Goedegebuure and Lynn Meek on the need to re-focus on human capital. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:02:37 +1100 Professional staff: bureaucratic burden or strategic partners? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/10/219-professional-staff-bureaucratic-burden-or-strategic-partners http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/10/219-professional-staff-bureaucratic-burden-or-strategic-partners UNSW Climate Change Research Centre Manager and MTEM graduate Stephen Gray on the academic-professional staff relationship. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 11:37:06 +1100 Responses by Some Australian Universities to Demand-Driven Policy Reforms http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/10/218-responses-by-some-australian-universities-to-demand-driven-policy-reforms http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/10/218-responses-by-some-australian-universities-to-demand-driven-policy-reforms Frank Larkins' latest analysis on Australian higher education looks at the responses to the demand-driven reforms of 2009. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 09:13:46 +1100 Participation - the magic ingredient for good service design http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/10/217-participation-the-magic-ingredient-for-good-service-design http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/10/217-participation-the-magic-ingredient-for-good-service-design ThinkPlace Principal and Partner Darren Menachemson on what makes a good service design - and how experiences fall flat. Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:51:31 +1100 Managing change at universities – the importance of executive support http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/09/216-managing-change-at-universities-the-importance-of-executive-support http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/09/216-managing-change-at-universities-the-importance-of-executive-support UC Berkeley Vice Provost Prof. Andrew Szeri writes about the importance of executive support in large scale change initiatives. Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:37:00 +1000 Service excellence in tertiary education - is it possible and how will we know when we get there? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/09/215-service-excellence-in-tertiary-education-is-it-possible-and-how-will-we-know-when-we-get-there http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/09/215-service-excellence-in-tertiary-education-is-it-possible-and-how-will-we-know-when-we-get-there Australian Catholic University Deputy Vice-Chancellor and COO Dr Stephen Weller on the pursuit of service excellence. Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:49:28 +1000 Australian higher education enrolments since 2009 student demand-driven policy reforms http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/08/214-australian-higher-education-enrolments-since-2009-student-demand-driven-policy-reforms http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/08/214-australian-higher-education-enrolments-since-2009-student-demand-driven-policy-reforms Franks Larkins' latest analysis on Australian higher education policy looks at the reponse to the 2009 government reforms. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:45:39 +1000 Next generation education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/08/213-next-generation-education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/08/213-next-generation-education Founder of New Zealand's The Mind Lab Frances Valintine on the formidable change agents about to hit higher education. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:30:28 +1000 Plagiarism in Pakistan: Reasons and Remedies http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/08/212-plagiarism-in-pakistan-reasons-and-remedies http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/08/212-plagiarism-in-pakistan-reasons-and-remedies Pakistani Higher Education Commission's Muneer Ahmed on the problem of plagiarism within the country's academic community. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:24:28 +1000 Reflections on Fieldwork http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/07/211-reflections-on-fieldwork http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/07/211-reflections-on-fieldwork Emily's reflections on her experience in Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places: the subject and real life. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:51:54 +1000 Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/07/210-fieldwork-in-complex-and-hostile-places http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/07/210-fieldwork-in-complex-and-hostile-places Jack shares his experience of the Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places subject.   Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:48:28 +1000 The History and Future of Research Block Grant Funding for Australian Universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/06/209-the-history-and-future-of-research-block-grant-funding-for-australian-universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/06/209-the-history-and-future-of-research-block-grant-funding-for-australian-universities A paper by Professorial Fellow Alan Pettigrew on universities' response to reduced support for research over the years and in the future. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:28:42 +1000 Enrolments for Australian Bachelor Degrees: Is the Present Growth Strategy Sustainable? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/05/208-enrolments-for-australian-bachelor-degrees-is-the-present-growth-strategy-sustainable http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/05/208-enrolments-for-australian-bachelor-degrees-is-the-present-growth-strategy-sustainable Prof. Frank Larkins looks at how universities responded to the Bradley Review recommendation on boosting participation and outcomes. Tue, 19 May 2015 10:14:17 +1000 Funding, participation and quality in VET http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/04/207-funding-participation-and-quality-in-vet http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/04/207-funding-participation-and-quality-in-vet Professorial Fellow Gerald Burke's paper on the relationship of VET funding to participation and quality. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:23:33 +1000 The idea of power in the uses of data in higher education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/04/206-the-idea-of-power-in-the-uses-of-data-in-higher-education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/04/206-the-idea-of-power-in-the-uses-of-data-in-higher-education RMIT University's Angel Calderon invites broader thinking on policy and planning implications. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:56:36 +1000 Universities increased research investment to enhance reputation http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/03/205-universities-increased-research-investment-to-enhance-reputation http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/03/205-universities-increased-research-investment-to-enhance-reputation Prof. Frank Larkins on how Australian universities are increasingly spending their discretionary income to support research activities. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:02:33 +1100 Fieldwork research in hostile places: a matter of life and data http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/03/204-fieldwork-research-in-hostile-places-a-matter-of-life-and-data http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/03/204-fieldwork-research-in-hostile-places-a-matter-of-life-and-data Dr Scott Flower on the need for building capacity for working in complex and less secure field sites. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:13:13 +1100 Embrace responsible conduct of research and integrity management http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/02/203-embrace-responsible-conduct-of-research-and-integrity-management http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2015/02/203-embrace-responsible-conduct-of-research-and-integrity-management Omar Yaakob on the need for responsible conduct of research and integrity management in Malaysian universities. Wed, 04 Feb 2015 12:08:06 +1100 Establishment of an Asia-Pacific Tertiary Education, Research and Innovation Network http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/11/202-establishment-of-an-asia-pacific-tertiary-education-research-and-innovation-network http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/11/202-establishment-of-an-asia-pacific-tertiary-education-research-and-innovation-network The LH Martin Institute and the Centre for the Study of Higher Education have initiated a process that aims at establishing a high impact research and policy network in the area of tertiary education, research and innovation in the Asia-Pacific region. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:26:49 +1100 New Imaginalian simulation on research strategy and management played in Kuala Lumpur http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/11/201-new-imaginalian-simulation-on-research-strategy-and-management-played-in-kuala-lumpur http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/11/201-new-imaginalian-simulation-on-research-strategy-and-management-played-in-kuala-lumpur Jon File provieds an insight into the Imaginalian simulations used at the recent RHEDI residential in Kuala Lumpur and the Masters of Tertiary Education Management. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:45:04 +1100 Masters of Tertiary Education Management Recollections http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/11/200-masters-of-tertiary-education-management-recollections http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/11/200-masters-of-tertiary-education-management-recollections As an alumnus of the LH Martin Institute's Master of Tertiary Education Management program, Damian shares his recollections of the experience. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:31:03 +1100 Higher education in Australia – managing in times of great change http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/10/199-higher-education-in-australia-managing-in-times-of-great-change http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/10/199-higher-education-in-australia-managing-in-times-of-great-change Across the sector, the next few years will present a steep learning curve for leaders and managers as their institutions adapt to new and more volatile conditions. The Master of Tertiary Education Management program is designed to help practitioners make sense of this environment, and deal with the challenges it presents. There will be few clear maps to follow, and many judgement calls to make. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:55:46 +1100 Invitation to Participate in a National Summit on Distributed Leadership in HE: Demonstrating Impact http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/10/198-invitation-to-participate-in-a-national-summit-on-distributed-leadership-in-he-demonstrating-impact http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/10/198-invitation-to-participate-in-a-national-summit-on-distributed-leadership-in-he-demonstrating-impact The LH Martin Institute is co-sponsoring the first National Summit on Distributed Leadership in Higher Education to be held at RMIT University in Melbourne on Monday, 1 December, 2014.  This first summit is open to Australian based university academics and professional staff with places fully funded by the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT). Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:29:15 +1100 Communicating Graduate Research: A Presentation Overview http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/09/197-communicating-graduate-research-a-presentation-overview http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/09/197-communicating-graduate-research-a-presentation-overview In response to a challenging policy environment and a reinvigoration of how to tell our research story in an online environment, a Graduate Researcher Profile project emerged from the Research Office, Faculty of the VCA and MCM, as a way to answer a number of these challenges. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:56:23 +1000 Making Comprehensive Internationalisation work in the Australian Context http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/09/196-making-comprehensive-internationalisation-work-in-the-australian-context http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/09/196-making-comprehensive-internationalisation-work-in-the-australian-context Are you a university leader or manager considering deep engagement with an overseas partner, (university / corporation / government) in Sweden, Canada, India or China? How do you do it? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:28:04 +1000 Making the best of deregulation http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/09/195-making-the-best-of-deregulation http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/09/195-making-the-best-of-deregulation A $7 co-payment for medical services will act as a deterrent while a 20% reduction in university funding that leads to increased fees will lead to the creation of 80,000 new places.  Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:27:00 +1000 Are the doors of your uni open or shut? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/08/194-are-the-doors-of-your-uni-open-or-shut http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/08/194-are-the-doors-of-your-uni-open-or-shut Recently Samantha Alexander made international headlines. The young Darug woman started to lose her sight at 21, and battled through disadvantage to excel academically, graduating with a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University with a GPA of 6.5/7. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:33:58 +1000 Who’d be a leader in these changing and uncertain times? It turns out all of us are called… http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/08/193-whod-be-a-leader-in-these-changing-and-uncertain-times-it-turns-out-all-of-us-are-called http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/08/193-whod-be-a-leader-in-these-changing-and-uncertain-times-it-turns-out-all-of-us-are-called William Gibson’s oft-quoted line that ‘the future is here, it’s just unevenly distributed’ is worth reflecting upon just now in relation to leadership and considerable uncertainty in the sector.  No-one is immune to restructure, downsizing or uncertainty about our jobs and the important nation building work we are committed to doing. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:40:23 +1000 Why high fees are not necessarily the answer http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/08/192-why-high-fees-are-not-necessarily-the-answer http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/08/192-why-high-fees-are-not-necessarily-the-answer Leo Goedegebuure and Lea Patterson reflect on the outcomes of the recent Fee-deregulation Symposium Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:01:51 +1000 Building a university of the stakeholders, by the stakeholders, for the stakeholders http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/08/191-building-a-university-of-the-stakeholders-by-the-stakeholders-for-the-stakeholders http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/08/191-building-a-university-of-the-stakeholders-by-the-stakeholders-for-the-stakeholders Nowadays universities must work with a wide range of stakeholders; and the coordination of relations with stakeholders has become strategically important as well. Qingcheng explores 'Who are the stakeholders and what function do they exert in higher education ecosystems?' Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:01:37 +1000 Why Universities Need Strategic Thinking http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/08/190-why-universities-need-strategic-thinking http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/08/190-why-universities-need-strategic-thinking Maree Conway explores the work of Clayton Christensen and his disruptive innovation model – at its core is the idea that  all organisations need to be alert to new industry developments that have the potential to derail business models, put organisations out of business and disrupt the operational status quo. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:38:14 +1000 Of all the education sectors, VET has the most important task in the context of economic transition http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/08/189-of-all-the-education-sectors-vet-has-the-most-important-task-in-the-context-of-economic-transition http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/08/189-of-all-the-education-sectors-vet-has-the-most-important-task-in-the-context-of-economic-transition An edited extract of the Chancellor's Lecture, Swinburne University by Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia. An excellent example of a major industry body supporting VET as a key training platform.   Sun, 03 Aug 2014 09:40:55 +1000 Interpreting the Tertiary Sector tea leaves. What will the sector look like in 10 years’ time? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/07/188-interpreting-the-tertiary-sector-tea-leaves-what-will-the-sector-look-like-in-10-years-time http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/07/188-interpreting-the-tertiary-sector-tea-leaves-what-will-the-sector-look-like-in-10-years-time Leaders need to make informed strategic decisions, about the structure and performance of their Institution to ensure quality, and access for students in a rapidly expanding and diversifying world market. These issues and more will be discussed at The economics of education: the pursuit of prestige and reputation to drive strategy and system performance on Tuesday 26th August.   Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:28:32 +1000 Are you a natural born entrepreneur? Do you and your Institution have what it takes? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/07/187-are-you-a-natural-born-entrepreneur-do-you-and-your-institution-have-what-it-takes http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/07/187-are-you-a-natural-born-entrepreneur-do-you-and-your-institution-have-what-it-takes The high flying world of entrepreneurial business is a high stakes game with as many failures as successes. The rule of thumb is that entrepreneurs fail and lose everything as much as they succeed. Ethics and integrity appear to be negotiable and risk is the name of the game. This world would appear at first glance to have little to do with the Tertiary Education Sector charged with the societal imperative to deliver a well-educated and trained population. A sector largely underpinned by risk adverse governments, with considerable compliance and regulatory red tape. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:25:06 +1000 “To whom much is given, much is required.” http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/07/186-to-whom-much-is-given-much-is-required http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/07/186-to-whom-much-is-given-much-is-required RHEDI – the Programme on Research, Higher Education, Development and Innovation, with the LH Martin Institute, The University of Melbourne and the Department of Business Administration, Lund University, Sweden as two leading partners, presents a unique opportunity for Australia to play a key role in development assistance in priority areas for countries in South East Asia. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:51:56 +1000 Mission and Margin – two vital elements to survive in a deregulated environment http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/07/185-mission-and-margin-two-vital-elements-to-survive-in-a-deregulated-environment http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/07/185-mission-and-margin-two-vital-elements-to-survive-in-a-deregulated-environment The proposed deregulated environment will pose a number of challenges for universities. The price set for courses, differentiation, student demand etc. needs to consider a wide range of issues, which will be discussed at the upcoming University Fee De-regulation: Markets, Strategy and Pricing - Discussion and Simulation Forum 31 July – 1 August. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:53:05 +1000 Analysis of publicly funded load & student numbers by state and provider type http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/07/184-analysis-of-publicly-funded-load-student-numbers-by-state-and-provider-type http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/07/184-analysis-of-publicly-funded-load-student-numbers-by-state-and-provider-type The analysis in this paper is based on the National Centre for Vocational Education Research’s (2014) Students and Courses. It consists of two tables, both of which have been derived from Table 15 in the Australian and State and Territory tables. The paper shows changes in the number of publicly funded students and changes in the number of full-year training equivalents (or student load) from 2009 – 2013 in each state. It also shows the share of publicly funded student numbers and student load by provider type (TAFE, adult and community education and private providers) in each state. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:07:02 +1000 Workforce Development in the VET Sector http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/06/183-workforce-development-in-the-vet-sector http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/06/183-workforce-development-in-the-vet-sector The National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development called for the halving of the number of Australians aged 20 to 64 who do not have qualifications at a certificate III level and above, and doubling the number of higher level qualification completions by 2020. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:33:38 +1000 Rankings and graduate employability – A glass half full http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/06/182-rankings-and-graduate-employability-a-glass-half-full http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/06/182-rankings-and-graduate-employability-a-glass-half-full Marian Mahat and Benoît Millot At the recent IREG-7 conference on rankings and graduate employability held in London, we made a point about the marked differences on how systems and institutions view graduate employability. As some at the conference affirmed, especially the employer representatives graduate employability is more than just getting a job. Employability infers something about the ability of the graduate to function in a job and be successful in it, the ability to move between jobs and the ability to remain employable throughout their life. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:59:26 +1000 New technologies and the blurring of boundaries http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/06/181-new-technologies-and-the-blurring-of-boundaries http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/06/181-new-technologies-and-the-blurring-of-boundaries Many commentators suggest the impact of new technology on higher education is rapid, disruptive and unpredictable. While it may be that MOOCs  ( Massive, on-line, open courses) will  not survive in their current form, it is likely that the delivery of education, even for on-campus students, will be partially delivered online, underpinned by the changes engendered by MOOCs.  Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:50:55 +1000 Developing Collective Leadership in Higher Education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/06/180-developing-collective-leadership-in-higher-education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/06/180-developing-collective-leadership-in-higher-education Leadership scholars from the UK and further afield are meeting in July to advance theories and practice for the development of leadership capacities. Dr Heather Davis, Program Director – Awards at the LH Martin Institute is leading a symposium intent on furthering understandings of challenges for collective leadership development in higher education. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:39:14 +1000 Is TAFE SA half pregnant? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/05/179-is-tafe-sa-half-pregnant http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/05/179-is-tafe-sa-half-pregnant When the Victorian VET system was progressively overhauled commencing in July 2009, to become an open market with the implementation of the Victorian Training Guarantee, this was keenly observed by those in South Australia, where changes had been mooted for some time.   Wed, 28 May 2014 11:06:43 +1000 Why do we value universities but shun the trades? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/05/178-why-do-we-value-universities-but-shun-the-trades http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/05/178-why-do-we-value-universities-but-shun-the-trades Most Australians would have been delighted to see news of Westpac’s extraordinary generosity with its $100 million endowment to help fund scholarships for the best and brightest in the university sector.This follows a number of recent, albeit smaller, donations that are aimed at fostering education and which may mark a turning point in corporate philanthropy in the educational sector. Mon, 26 May 2014 11:27:21 +1000 What would William Riker do? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/05/177-what-would-william-riker-do http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/05/177-what-would-william-riker-do Captains of industry are well known for hiring the best and brightest minds and for valuing their contribution to leadership. Judging by the traditionally high proportion of education workers with tertiary qualifications (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2004) one could assume that our academic institutions are full of bright people, but just how well does our system encourage those who are led, to share in the process of leadership? Thu, 22 May 2014 13:11:37 +1000 Demand Driven Funding Review debate: a user’s guide http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/04/176-demand-driven-funding-review-debate-a-users-guide http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/04/176-demand-driven-funding-review-debate-a-users-guide The main proposals of the Kemp-Norton Review of Australia’s “demand driven” funding system for higher education, released in mid-April, have been reported and debated fairly widely. This user's guide from Geoff Sharrock aims to help the sector navigate the current policy debate. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:45:46 +1000 Comments on the Demand Driven Funding System Report http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/04/175-comments-on-the-demand-driven-funding-system-report http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/04/175-comments-on-the-demand-driven-funding-system-report Jim Davidson provides comments on the Demand Driven Funding System Report. Jim spoke at the CSHE LHMI Seminar on this report on Wednesday. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:16:46 +1000 Challenges in assuring the quality of our universities – anticipating the future http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/04/174-challenges-in-assuring-the-quality-of-our-universities-anticipating-the-future http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/04/174-challenges-in-assuring-the-quality-of-our-universities-anticipating-the-future Australia’s higher education quality assurance and regulation landscape has been through significant changes in the past few years, and looks certain to go through more in the years ahead. In New Zealand AQA has been paying close attention to the Australian reforms, while making our own small adjustments to our existing systems. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:11:01 +1000 Australia’s economic tsunamis, innovation-led growth and the entrepreneurial State http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/04/173-australias-economic-tsunamis-innovation-led-growth-and-the-entrepreneurial-state http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/04/173-australias-economic-tsunamis-innovation-led-growth-and-the-entrepreneurial-state Where will jobs come from after the mining boom? How to boost Australian productivity? What factors will drive long-term growth? What will be Australia’s position in the global market in the years to come? Such questions have populated public debate lately. As a response, some of the arguments used are based on concrete events, like the closure and relocation of manufacturing plants, while others rely on over simplistic correlations and forecasts. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:02:57 +1100 HIGHER EDUCATION IN BRAZIL: Overview, Challenges and Upcoming Overhauls http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/03/172-higher-education-in-brazil-overview-challenges-and-upcoming-overhauls http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/03/172-higher-education-in-brazil-overview-challenges-and-upcoming-overhauls Brazil has undergone deep structural, economic and social changes throughout the past decade, which have led to the emergence of a cherished “new Brazilian middle class” through rising income conditions. These improvements, together with a robust increase in state funding to both private and public higher education institutions (HEIs) have driven a sharp rise in the volume of students enrolled in higher education, challenging authorities and regulators to assure the quality, efficiency and equity of the higher education (HE) sector. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:31:13 +1100 Leadership as a ‘conversation’ with one’s principles http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/03/171-leadership-as-a-conversation-with-ones-principles http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/03/171-leadership-as-a-conversation-with-ones-principles Values (n.) “principles, standards”  1921, from plural of value (n.) Value (n.) c.1300, from old French value “worth, value” … past participle of valoir “be worth” from Latin valere “be strong, be well, be of value” (see valiant) Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:33:44 +1100 Why leadership-development programs fail; a commentary http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/03/170-why-leadership-development-programs-fail-a-commentary http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/03/170-why-leadership-development-programs-fail-a-commentary One of the upsides of commuting – acknowledging the many downsides – is that you have a dedicated time per day that you can set for keeping up with the literature. This almost forces you to stay ‘up to date’ which is pretty useful given the massive amount of insights that are being published in any field today. Leadership and management is no exception and the trick is to quickly separate the wheat from the chaff. I thought I’d had that one pretty much nailed until I recently opened the January edition of McKinsey Quarterly. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:53:03 +1100 A school by any other name…is still just a rock band! http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/03/169-a-school-by-any-other-nameis-still-just-a-rock-band http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/03/169-a-school-by-any-other-nameis-still-just-a-rock-band How is your academic institution structured? If you work within a university, then no doubt you are familiar with the use of faculties or perhaps colleges. What about departments or schools? Whatever names or structures are employed, how would you describe the working relationship between academics and professional staff members? Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:49:11 +1100 The next phase of university internationalisation http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/02/168-the-next-phase-of-university-internationalisation http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/02/168-the-next-phase-of-university-internationalisation Mark Tayar & Rob Jack consider how universities are moving away from revenue-oriented internationalisation towards prestige-oriented research and offshore delivery partnerships. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:09:44 +1100 Romancing the university… http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/02/167-romancing-the-university http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/02/167-romancing-the-university I had a dream last night and woke up in a cold sweat…A student appeared in front of me. He said, “I’m listening to your lecture now but I have a quick question. Have you got time? Or should I U-Ask you?” “No, I have to hurry off to a meeting” I said. He said, “Ok, I’ll check the U-Library first. Ok, if we catch up at the U-Space later?” “I’m having a dream” I thought to myself. “This must be the university of the future!” Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:25:54 +1100 World University Rankings pivotal to universities’ international standing http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/02/166-world-university-rankings-pivotal-to-universities-international-standing http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/02/166-world-university-rankings-pivotal-to-universities-international-standing Universities have a love-hate relationship with world university rankings – they are positive about them when they do well, much less so when they experience a decline. Universities are justifiably cynical in regard to the methodology employed by the three main ranking systems,  because they attempt to attach a single number to a multi-dimensional entity and by doing so they influence what they are purporting to measure - the international standing of universities. However it seems inevitable that the rankings are here to stay and they cannot be ignored. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:07:45 +1100 Adapting to a global market: university and airline alliances http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/02/165-adapting-to-a-global-market-university-and-airline-alliances http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/02/165-adapting-to-a-global-market-university-and-airline-alliances If universities are global businesses, operating in a global marketplace with a global clientele, can we learn anything from other sectors of private industry with these characteristics? Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:10:01 +1100 Can universities learn? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/02/164-can-universities-learn http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/02/164-can-universities-learn What would it take for a university to focus its extensive understanding about the nature of learning, which is currently focussed on students, to the operational processes of the university itself? Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:03:36 +1100 The weak empirical case for incentivising interdisciplinary research at Australian universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/01/163-the-weak-empirical-case-for-incentivising-interdisciplinary-research-at-australian-universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/01/163-the-weak-empirical-case-for-incentivising-interdisciplinary-research-at-australian-universities Are academics too preoccupied with disciplinary research? Does Australia lag behind other countries in interdisciplinary research? Is interdisciplinary research the domain of the failed scientists? Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:46:49 +1100 Whither internationalisation? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/01/162-whither-internationalisation http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/01/162-whither-internationalisation Dennis Murray explains how the view of the contemporary university as a truly international institution is contestable, posing a challenge to leaders and managers, particularly those involved in internationalisation of their institutions. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:20:12 +1100 Human capital, academic values and sustainable governance in higher education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/01/161-human-capital-academic-values-and-sustainable-governance-in-higher-education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2014/01/161-human-capital-academic-values-and-sustainable-governance-in-higher-education The Centre for the Study of Higher Education's Dr Stefan Popenici discusses the uncertain future ahead for institutions of postsecondary education and the pillars of stability. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:50:46 +1100 Online education and MOOCs – optimal learning should remain focus http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/11/160-online-education-and-moocs-optimal-learning-should-remain-focus http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/11/160-online-education-and-moocs-optimal-learning-should-remain-focus Waikato VC and Chair of Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara Prof. Roy Crawford on how universities should respond to MOOCs. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:11:55 +1100 The Cinderella of World University Rankings http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/11/159-the-cinderella-of-world-university-rankings http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/11/159-the-cinderella-of-world-university-rankings Our PhD candidate Marian Thakur ponders if a world university ranking with a reliable teaching and learning index is just a fairy tale. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:10:29 +1100 Australian research funding cycles are impeding innovation http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/11/158-australian-research-funding-cycles-are-impeding-innovation http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/11/158-australian-research-funding-cycles-are-impeding-innovation University of Melbourne's Peter Woelert on the limitations posed by Australia's once-a-year research grant schemes. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:06:35 +1100 VET in Germany http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/11/157-vet-in-germany http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/11/157-vet-in-germany Osnabrueck University's Sandra Bohlinger explains what makes the German VET system work. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 12:21:21 +1100 What would Captain Kirk do? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/10/156-what-would-captain-kirk-do http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/10/156-what-would-captain-kirk-do When it comes to leadership, Prof. David Lloyd draws inspiration from one of the fictional world's great pioneers. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:01:54 +1100 Strategy and diversity in Australian higher education: An analysis of medical schools http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/10/155-strategy-and-diversity-in-australian-higher-education-an-analysis-of-medical-schools http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/10/155-strategy-and-diversity-in-australian-higher-education-an-analysis-of-medical-schools PhD candidate Marian Thakur on higher education institutions' pursuit of reputation and prestige. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:34:33 +1100 Why institutions matter; why TAFE MATTERS http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/10/154-why-institutions-matter-why-tafe-matters http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/10/154-why-institutions-matter-why-tafe-matters Leesa Wheelahan on why we need institutions, not markets. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:05:49 +1100 Collaborative innovation: An oxymoron in the tertiary education sector? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/10/153-collaborative-innovation-an-oxymoron-in-the-tertiary-education-sector http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/10/153-collaborative-innovation-an-oxymoron-in-the-tertiary-education-sector University of Tasmania's Carol Harding on making tertiary education into a genuinely collaborative sector. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 09:16:00 +1100 University professional staff: enhancing student outcomes http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/09/152-university-professional-staff-enhancing-student-outcomes http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/09/152-university-professional-staff-enhancing-student-outcomes UTS' Carroll Graham on the key factors team leaders or managers can foster to achieve positive student outcomes. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:03:04 +1000 Can we better link education and work through 'vocations' and 'human capabilities'? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/09/151-can-we-better-link-education-and-work-through-vocations-and-human-capabilities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/09/151-can-we-better-link-education-and-work-through-vocations-and-human-capabilities Research Fellow Nick Fredman reviews the three-year Vocations project, which is wrapping up at the end of this year. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:08:02 +1000 Innovation Darwinism http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/09/150-innovation-darwinism http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/09/150-innovation-darwinism CEO of Commercialisation Australia, Doron Ben-Meir, on factors that drive innovation. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:23:03 +1000 Post-election update: Tony Abbott’s agenda for universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/09/149-post-election-update-tony-abbotts-agenda-for-universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/09/149-post-election-update-tony-abbotts-agenda-for-universities Geoff Sharrock offers some initial guidance on what the newly elected Coalition government has in store for universities. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:23:35 +1000 TAFE SA: from good to great – are we there yet? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/08/148-tafe-sa-from-good-to-great-are-we-there-yet http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/08/148-tafe-sa-from-good-to-great-are-we-there-yet TAFE SA's Ruth Schubert on what makes a great organisation. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:55:54 +1000 Leading in the VET sector http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/08/147-leading-in-the-vet-sector http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/08/147-leading-in-the-vet-sector MEGT Australia CEO David Windridge on what it takes to be a good leader. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 13:12:50 +1000 Research commercialisation – optimising the university sector’s contribution to the nation http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/08/146-research-commercialisation-optimising-the-university-sectors-contribution-to-the-nation http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/08/146-research-commercialisation-optimising-the-university-sectors-contribution-to-the-nation University of Auckland VC, Prof. Stuart McCutcheon, on the role of universities in supporting a more effective research sector. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 09:47:10 +1000 Online open education: the best option for educating women in troubled areas of Pakistan http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/08/145-online-open-education-the-best-option-for-educating-women-in-troubled-areas-of-pakistan http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/08/145-online-open-education-the-best-option-for-educating-women-in-troubled-areas-of-pakistan Pakistan Higher Education Commission's Muneer Ahmed sees MOOCs as a revolutionary tool for educating women and girls. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 09:54:35 +1000 Academia's demographic time bomb http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/08/144-academias-demographic-time-bomb http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/08/144-academias-demographic-time-bomb Research Fellow Peter Bentley on succession planning in universities. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 10:45:44 +1000 In pursuit of the elusive http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/08/143-in-pursuit-of-the-elusive http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/08/143-in-pursuit-of-the-elusive Marian Thakur urges a deeper look into diversity between institutions, particularly on the program level. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 09:26:52 +1000 Encouraging critical reflective professional practice in tertiary education management http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/08/142-encouraging-critical-reflective-professional-practice-in-tertiary-education-management http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/08/142-encouraging-critical-reflective-professional-practice-in-tertiary-education-management Heather Davis on why we should encourage a critical reflective practice among tertiary education managers. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:12:42 +1000 Australian public universities’ diversity onshore by broad fields of education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/08/141-australian-public-universities-diversity-onshore-by-broad-fields-of-education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/08/141-australian-public-universities-diversity-onshore-by-broad-fields-of-education RMIT's Gavin Moodie examines the diversity of Australian universities through student load and research performance. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 10:02:31 +1000 Research, Innovation and Centres of Excellence: “An intuitive concept that is not easy to define” http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/07/140-research-innovation-and-centres-of-excellence-an-intuitive-concept-that-is-not-easy-to-define http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/07/140-research-innovation-and-centres-of-excellence-an-intuitive-concept-that-is-not-easy-to-define LH Martin Institute PhD candidate, Fabiana Barros de Barros, on management of research Centres of Excellence. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 09:32:45 +1000 ‘Integration’- at the heart of a sustainable health system http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/07/139-integration-at-the-heart-of-a-sustainable-health-system http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/07/139-integration-at-the-heart-of-a-sustainable-health-system NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson on what's at the heart of an affordable, sustainable and efficient health system. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:16:10 +1000 The marketisation of TAFE http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/07/138-the-marketisation-of-tafe http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/07/138-the-marketisation-of-tafe Leesa Wheelahan on why learning is about more than mere supply and demand. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:33:18 +1000 Quality Assurance in Education and Research and Accountability http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/07/137-quality-assurance-in-education-and-research-and-accountability http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/07/137-quality-assurance-in-education-and-research-and-accountability Irish Higher Education Authority's Tom Boland on who is responsible for ensuring quality in higher education. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 10:28:31 +1000 Quality higher education: a reflection from Pakistan http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/07/136-quality-higher-education-a-reflection-from-pakistan http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/07/136-quality-higher-education-a-reflection-from-pakistan The Higher Education Commission's Muneer Ahmed discusses quality in Pakistan's higher education. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:47:45 +1000 Why university profiles can be a good thing http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/06/135-why-university-profiles-can-be-a-good-thing http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/06/135-why-university-profiles-can-be-a-good-thing LH Martin Institute Director Leo Goedegebuure explains why profiling Australian universities is good for the sector. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:12:03 +1000 ERA Case Studies: Chemical Sciences Behavioural Responses http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/06/134-era-case-studies-chemical-sciences-behavioural-responses http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/06/134-era-case-studies-chemical-sciences-behavioural-responses Frank Larkins examines universities' responses to the 2012 ERA with regard to their chemical science sub-disciplines. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:49:20 +1000 The international education and tourism nexus: harnessing the power of international student alumni http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/06/133-the-international-education-and-tourism-nexus-harnessing-the-power-of-international-student-alumni http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/06/133-the-international-education-and-tourism-nexus-harnessing-the-power-of-international-student-alumni Joanne Pyke discusses recent research findings which suggest a need for greater investment in international alumni relations. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:00:32 +1000 Leadership in vocational education and training institutions http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/06/132-leadership-in-vocational-education-and-training-institutions http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/06/132-leadership-in-vocational-education-and-training-institutions Holmesglen Chief Executive Bruce Mackenzie shares his views on what it takes to be a leader. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:52:29 +1000 Global perspectives on institutional research and planning http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/06/131-global-perspectives-on-institutional-research-and-planning http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/06/131-global-perspectives-on-institutional-research-and-planning Angel Calderon and Karen Weber urge institutional researchers to evaluate their role in light of changes in tertiary education. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:24:16 +1000 The Interdisciplinarity Mismatch http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/06/130-the-interdisciplinarity-mismatch http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/06/130-the-interdisciplinarity-mismatch Peter Woelert and Victoria Millar question the tendency of using rigid classification systems in the evaluation of research. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 11:26:29 +1000 Growing international education – a multifaceted view http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/05/129-growing-international-education-a-multifaceted-view http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/05/129-growing-international-education-a-multifaceted-view AUT's Derek McCormack on the need for New Zealand universities to work together to boost the country's international education. Mon, 27 May 2013 10:27:19 +1000 What are tertiary students being prepared for? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/05/128-what-are-tertiary-students-being-prepared-for http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/05/128-what-are-tertiary-students-being-prepared-for The University of Sydney's Serena Yu on the need for better relations between the tertiary education sector and employers. Mon, 20 May 2013 09:15:10 +1000 ERA Case Studies: Behavioural Changes for Information and Computing Sciences http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/05/127-era-case-studies-behavioural-changes-for-information-and-computing-sciences http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/05/127-era-case-studies-behavioural-changes-for-information-and-computing-sciences Frank Larkins discusses the behavioural changes of the Information and Computing Sciences community in preparing for the 2012 ERA. Fri, 17 May 2013 11:05:14 +1000 Taking a punt on leadership development: improving the 'odds' for R&D of leadership http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/05/126-taking-a-punt-on-leadership-development-improving-the-odds-for-rd-of-leadership http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/05/126-taking-a-punt-on-leadership-development-improving-the-odds-for-rd-of-leadership Heather Davis invites further discussion on whether leadership development is a 'gamble' for participants. Mon, 13 May 2013 09:54:21 +1000 What Lies Beneath http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/05/125-what-lies-beneath http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/05/125-what-lies-beneath Central Institute of Technology's Neil Fernandes focuses on what is human and universal in the pursuit of student success. Mon, 06 May 2013 10:53:42 +1000 Pursuing an academic career (Part 2) http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/04/124-pursuing-an-academic-career-part-2 http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/04/124-pursuing-an-academic-career-part-2 Peter Bentley offers some thoughts on how to make a PhD career more attractive. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:47:39 +1000 System and Institutional Governance in Higher Education: A Researcher’s Goldmine http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/04/123-system-and-institutional-governance-in-higher-education-a-researchers-goldmine http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/04/123-system-and-institutional-governance-in-higher-education-a-researchers-goldmine Jeroen Huisman on how choices made by higher education institutions can affect the diversity of the landscape they are in. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:38:29 +1000 Universities must prepare for a buyer’s market http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/04/122-universities-must-prepare-for-a-buyers-market http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/04/122-universities-must-prepare-for-a-buyers-market The Chronicle's editor at large and higher education thought leader Jeffrey Selingo discusses the future of higher education. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:32:40 +1000 Swimming against the tide: are teaching-only positions truly necessary? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/04/121-swimming-against-the-tide-are-teaching-only-positions-truly-necessary http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/04/121-swimming-against-the-tide-are-teaching-only-positions-truly-necessary USQ's Stijn Dekeyser compares the pros and cons of teaching-only appointments in universities. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:15:43 +1000 Sunbursts of Australian higher education: The depth and dimensionality of universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/03/120-sunbursts-of-australian-higher-education-the-depth-and-dimensionality-of-universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/03/120-sunbursts-of-australian-higher-education-the-depth-and-dimensionality-of-universities Marian Thakur discusses the need for diversity in the higher education landscape. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:31:17 +1100 Pursuing an academic career. Can you spare $100,000? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/03/119-pursuing-an-academic-career-can-you-spare-100000 http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/03/119-pursuing-an-academic-career-can-you-spare-100000 Is the PhD the most efficient and effective method to train an academic labour force? Our Research Fellow, Peter Bentley, ponders. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:27:49 +1100 ERA 2012 (Part 2): Discipline Research Profile Changes from 2010 to 2012 http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/03/118-era-2012-part-2-discipline-research-profile-changes-from-2010-to-2012 http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/03/118-era-2012-part-2-discipline-research-profile-changes-from-2010-to-2012 In his second analysis of the 2012 ERA, Frank Larkins found more rationalisation for Humanities and Social Sciences than Science. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:59:52 +1100 ERA 2012 (Part 1): Responses and Performances compared to ERA 2010 http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/02/117-era-2012-part-1-responses-and-performances-compared-to-era-2010 http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/02/117-era-2012-part-1-responses-and-performances-compared-to-era-2010 In this analysis, Frank Larkins finds that most universities have become more strategic in defining their research profile.  Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:42:44 +1100 Navigating the choices about tertiary study - many parts to the puzzle http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/02/116-navigating-the-choices-about-tertiary-study-many-parts-to-the-puzzle http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/02/116-navigating-the-choices-about-tertiary-study-many-parts-to-the-puzzle Victoria University of Wellington VC, Pat Walsh, on why university degrees are not just about improving earning capacity. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:16:32 +1100 Finding the narrative: a key to leading a university http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/02/115-finding-the-narrative-a-key-to-leading-a-university http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/02/115-finding-the-narrative-a-key-to-leading-a-university University of Adelaide VC, Warren Bebbington, on the one quality which sets university leaders apart from their business counterparts. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:20:21 +1100 Major organisational change - do consultants add value? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/02/114-major-organisational-change-do-consultants-add-value http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/02/114-major-organisational-change-do-consultants-add-value Janet Beard considers whether external consultants are better for times of major organisational change. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:23:41 +1100 Empowering female academic leaders in Vietnam http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/02/113-empowering-female-academic-leaders-in-vietnam http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/02/113-empowering-female-academic-leaders-in-vietnam Previously one of Vietnam's youngest Deans, Huong Nguyen writes about how female academics can progress in her country.  Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:30:13 +1100 International collaborations can change lives http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/02/112-international-collaborations-can-change-lives http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/02/112-international-collaborations-can-change-lives Sharon Kerr writes about how a project with an Indonesian university prompted a change in the country's narrative on disability. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:43:21 +1100 East Asian universities search for new regional standards http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/01/111-east-asian-universities-search-for-new-regional-standards http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/01/111-east-asian-universities-search-for-new-regional-standards Eunyoung Kyung on the current debates surrounding higher education regionalisation in East Asia. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:30:47 +1100 An update on U-Map and U-Multirank: new European transparency instruments for higher education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/01/110-an-update-on-u-map-and-u-multirank-new-european-transparency-instruments-for-higher-education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2013/01/110-an-update-on-u-map-and-u-multirank-new-european-transparency-instruments-for-higher-education Jon File, from the University of Twente, the Netherlands, provides an update on the progress of U-Map and U-Multirank rollout in Europe. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:36:27 +1100 Change in Universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/11/109-change-in-universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/11/109-change-in-universities La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor, John Dewar, on the challenges that lie ahead for universities and university leaders. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:03:49 +1100 The importance of professional staff and a decent working life http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/11/108-the-importance-of-professional-staff-and-a-decent-working-life http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/11/108-the-importance-of-professional-staff-and-a-decent-working-life Director of Centre for Work and Life, Barbara Pocock, on investing in our professional capacities through work-life balance. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:49:51 +1100 Malaysian research in the 21st Century http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/11/107-malaysian-research-in-the-21st-century http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/11/107-malaysian-research-in-the-21st-century University of Malaya Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud, on the way forward for research in Malaysia. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 14:36:14 +1100 Soul for institutions http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/10/106-soul-for-institutions http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/10/106-soul-for-institutions Andrew Vann believes retaining the soul of the University is key in his role as Vice-Chancellor of Charles Sturt (CSU). Tue, 30 Oct 2012 09:52:26 +1100 What Do the Data Say? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/10/105-what-do-the-data-say http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/10/105-what-do-the-data-say Vic Borden on the constructive use of quantitative methods and tools to guide institutions towards pursuing their objectives. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:47:34 +1100 University management: four archetypes http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/10/104-university-management-four-archetypes http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/10/104-university-management-four-archetypes Geoff Sharrock on addressing the university’s eternal strategic dilemma - infinite mission, finite means. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:34:29 +1100 The fractured social settlement in VET in Australia http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/09/103-the-fractured-social-settlement-in-vet-in-australia http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/09/103-the-fractured-social-settlement-in-vet-in-australia Australia needs to increase productivity and workforce participation to maintain competitiveness and increase social inclusion. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:49:08 +1000 A view from my packing boxes http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/09/102-a-view-from-my-packing-boxes http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/09/102-a-view-from-my-packing-boxes University of Wollongong VC Paul Wellings on developing the next generations of researchers to drive national competitiveness. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:47:37 +1000 Engaging International Students http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/09/101-engaging-international-students http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/09/101-engaging-international-students Effective and meaningful student engagement is integral for enhancing student learning experience and outcomes. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:13:18 +1000 From Innovation to Impact http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/09/100-from-innovation-to-impact http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/09/100-from-innovation-to-impact How the U.S. and Australia can ensure a brighter future in science, technology, engineering and maths. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:41:15 +1000 What is the role of information in university planning? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/09/99-what-is-the-role-of-information-in-university-planning http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/09/99-what-is-the-role-of-information-in-university-planning Bond University Vice-Chancellor, Tim Brailsford, questions whether having access to more information will improve decision-making. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 01:57:22 +1000 Public vs Private Benefits: Who should pay for Higher Education in Australia? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/09/98-public-vs-private-benefits-who-should-pay-for-higher-education-in-australia http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/09/98-public-vs-private-benefits-who-should-pay-for-higher-education-in-australia Peter Bentley thinks Australian higher education needs more informed debates on tuition fees. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 01:43:37 +1000 Engaging diverse students – the case of students with disability http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/08/97-engaging-diverse-students-the-case-of-students-with-disability http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/08/97-engaging-diverse-students-the-case-of-students-with-disability Nadine Zacharias discusses how the university experience of students with disability can be so hit-and-miss. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 15:25:35 +1000 Engaging Students in Higher Education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/08/96-engaging-students-in-higher-education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/08/96-engaging-students-in-higher-education Student engagement is, among others, a means to enhance the collective student learning experience, extending beyond the individual. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:27:43 +1000 Gender, Citizenship and Discipline Trends in Australian Higher Education Research Training http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/08/95-gender-citizenship-and-discipline-trends-in-australian-higher-education-research-training http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/08/95-gender-citizenship-and-discipline-trends-in-australian-higher-education-research-training Frank Larkins finds that overseas students have a much better completion record in research. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:58:34 +1000 Diplomas and economic growth. http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/08/94-diplomas-and-economic-growth http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/08/94-diplomas-and-economic-growth Tom Karmel on how increasing education levels are translated into more productive workplaces. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 10:03:23 +1000 Foundation degrees: an appraisal http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/07/93-foundation-degrees-an-appraisal http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/07/93-foundation-degrees-an-appraisal In just over a decade, foundation degrees have become the dominant sub-bachelor qualification in English higher education. This has been achieved despite its confusing title and some scepticism about its status and fitness to be an undergraduate qualification. Not only was it the first new major qualification since the early 1970s, it was the first at the sub-bachelor level to be styled a degree. It has been compared (not always accurately) with the American associate degree, a qualification rejected for the UK by the Dearing inquiry. In many respects, the foundation degree is a very English creation (certainly not for adoption in Scotland). Nevertheless, it is a model or species of qualification recognisable in other systems. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 09:53:19 +1000 Open access movement – from advocacy to policy to practice? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/07/92-open-access-movement-from-advocacy-to-policy-to-practice http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/07/92-open-access-movement-from-advocacy-to-policy-to-practice While the debate on open access is not new, the topic gained momentum earlier this year when Tim Gowers, a renowned Cambridge mathematician, wrote a blog entry about Elsevier and the practices of  pricing and peer reviewing. Quickly picked up by a number of publications, including The Economist, Gowers' writing prompted a heated campaign and boycott against the publisher by academics world wide. More than 12,000 academics signed a petition to boycot all journals by Elsevier on the The Cost of Knowledge website and many prominent newspapers gave the topic a lot of coverage. However, as long as academia is dependent on reputation and publication indexes in high ranked journals, demand will continue. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 11:21:35 +1000 Sustainable Research Excellence Initiative Concentrates Research Infrastructure Funding http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/07/91-sustainable-research-excellence-initiative-concentrates-research-infrastructure-funding http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/07/91-sustainable-research-excellence-initiative-concentrates-research-infrastructure-funding The Sustainable Research Excellence (SRE) Initiative is designed to increase the funding provided to support the indirect costs incurred when undertaking Australian Competitive Grant (ACG) sponsored research and to achieve excellence on a sustainable basis for those universities that have a capacity to deliver internationally competitive outcomes. Three years of funding (2010-12) have now been provided under this initiative with some 72 percent of available funding being allocated to the group of eight (Go8) universities. For future years it is anticipated that under this scheme there will be further concentration of Australia’s research effort in universities consistent with government policy objectives. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:53:54 +1000 Trends in Non-academic Staff for Australian Universities 2000 to 2010 http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/06/90-trends-in-non-academic-staff-for-australian-universities-2000-to-2010 http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/06/90-trends-in-non-academic-staff-for-australian-universities-2000-to-2010 The increase since 2000 in non-academic staff directly employed by universities and their salaries have closely paralleled the increase in academic staff; however, the roles and responsibilities of some of these staff have changed significantly. On an FTE basis universities employ more non-academic staff than academic staff with a lower proportion of non-academic staff being casual employees than for their academic counterparts. Direct support for departmental teaching and administrative activities appear to have been replaced by more diverse roles for employed non-academic staff. Most universities have also increased the outsourcing of selected non-academic services. If one was able to reliably include these staff numbers, then it is expected that the total staff providing non-academic services will have grown at a faster rate than academic staff. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 09:37:39 +1000 VET has too many qualifications and is too complex http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/06/89-vet-has-too-many-qualifications-and-is-too-complex http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/06/89-vet-has-too-many-qualifications-and-is-too-complex In 2010, there were at least 1416 training package qualifications offered by VET providers. The median number of equivalent full-time students in these qualifications was 34. That is, half of these qualifications had fewer than 34 equivalent full-time students, and half had more than 34. This is not the median number of equivalent full-time students in each qualification in each VET provider; it is the median number in each qualification in Australia. In universities, each qualification needs to have at least 25 equivalent full-time students, or management will come hunting. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:20:49 +1000 Market models won't fix the problems in vocational education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/05/88-market-models-wont-fix-the-problems-in-vocational-education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/05/88-market-models-wont-fix-the-problems-in-vocational-education The severity of the cuts to TAFE funding in the recent Victorian budget on May 1 has focused the attention of many outside the sector on the unravelling of vocational education in Australia. The sector has been calling for an informed debate about vocational education policy for a long time. The attention is welcome and the debate essential. The dismantling of TAFE did not start on May 1 in Victoria, when the Baillieu government slashed $300m and an estimated 2,000 jobs from TAFEs. TAFE has endured endless funding cuts over the years, and it is by any measure the worst funded education sector in Australia – a 25.7% reduction in funding since 1997. These cuts to funding have resulted in the neglect of teacher qualifications and professional development, and decline in student support. TAFE has become one of the most highly casualised sectors in education. Tue, 29 May 2012 14:14:04 +1000 Academic workload formulas and e-teaching: A believer’s perspective http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/05/87-academic-workload-formulas-and-e-teaching-a-believers-perspective http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/05/87-academic-workload-formulas-and-e-teaching-a-believers-perspective Professor Mike Ewing’s piece on Workload Allocation Models (WAMs) is timely in light of the increasing trend to ‘teaching only’/’teaching intensive’ positions in universities, and the little-examined issue of the impact of technologies on the work tasks of academics. Clearly, Ewing’s argument that they are necessary evils (‘at best’) and at worst could engender a ‘work-to-rule culture’, has some rhetorical power. However, a recent study undertaken as an ALTC project on the workload associated with online and hybrid (face-to-face supplemented by online materials and activities) delivery indicates that current models are woefully inadequate as a reflection of the time needed to deliver quality teaching in a digital learning environment. Wed, 09 May 2012 10:55:10 +1000 Hosting meaningful conversations about leadership and management http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/04/86-hosting-meaningful-conversations-about-leadership-and-management http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/04/86-hosting-meaningful-conversations-about-leadership-and-management In early 2004 I returned to normal duties following six months in Canada on sabbatical and found I had been nominated to serve as Deputy Head of School. At the time, I was a mid-level senior lecturer, engaged in coordinating the School’s honours and postgraduate programs, committed to working a fraction of my time as one of six ‘theme area’ coordinators for the University of Tasmania – focused upon community, place and change, and the mother of two boys then aged 12 and 8. In mid-2005, when the Head and Professor went on study leave, I stepped up to Acting Head. Half way through his six months’ leave, he advised – after nearly a decade at the helm – that he wished to return to the ‘rank and file’ at the completion of his own sabbatical.   Sun, 29 Apr 2012 14:56:13 +1000 The Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand at Baseline http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/04/85-the-graduate-longitudinal-study-new-zealand-at-baseline http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/04/85-the-graduate-longitudinal-study-new-zealand-at-baseline Measuring graduate outcomes has always been an important undertaking for universities and government policy makers worldwide. However, despite anecdotal evidence that a university education has an ongoing impact on many aspects of a graduate’s life, much of this work to date has been focused on employment outcomes in particular, has been specific to individual universities or has examined student experiences at a single point in time. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 14:06:22 +1000 Student and Teaching Staff Trends in Selected Australian Universities Part 2 http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/04/84-student-and-teaching-staff-trends-in-selected-australian-universities-part-2 http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/04/84-student-and-teaching-staff-trends-in-selected-australian-universities-part-2 Australian Universities with coursework enrolments between 25,000 and 40,000 students in 2010 have been examined for their staffing responses. There are eleven universities in this group and their average student number growth over the period since 2000 was 55 per cent and the average EFTSL growth 41%. These universities responded with an average FTE staff growth (TO+T&R+casuals) of only 24%. Wollongong, Newcastle and Macquarie, all NSW universities, had the largest increases in student numbers. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:21:23 +1000 University deregulation and the politics of funding http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/03/83-university-deregulation-and-the-politics-of-funding http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/03/83-university-deregulation-and-the-politics-of-funding The deregulation of universities, effective as of January 1 2012 has a number of implications for the tertiary education sector, the most obvious of which is on resources and funds available to the already financially strained tertiary education sector. In an address to the National Press Club earlier this month, Universities Australia Chairman Glyn Davis warned that the changes were set to have as dramatic an impact on higher education as floating the Australian dollar in 1983 had on other markets. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 16:41:31 +1100 Formal academic workload allocation models: An agnostic’s pragmatic perspective http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/03/82-formal-academic-workload-allocation-models-an-agnostics-pragmatic-perspective http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/03/82-formal-academic-workload-allocation-models-an-agnostics-pragmatic-perspective I don’t particularly believe in formal workload allocation models (WAMs). In my humble opinion, they are ‘necessary evils’ (at best) which are in danger of perpetuating a ‘work-to-rule’ culture and catering to the lowest common denominator (at worst). They can also result in the proverbial tail wagging the dog. Furthermore, I have yet to see any evidence from top-ranked institutions that having a workload model leads to academic ‘success’, nor any positive correlation between resources (inputs) and research productivity (outputs). Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:44:45 +1100 Student and Teaching Staff Trends in Selected Australian Universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/03/81-student-and-teaching-staff-trends-in-selected-australian-universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/03/81-student-and-teaching-staff-trends-in-selected-australian-universities Nine Australian Universities had more than 40,000 enrolled coursework students in 2010, an increase in numbers of over 57 percent since 2000. The responses of these universities in term of changes in their teaching staff profiles are examined. UNSW and QUT have been the most responsive, with UNSW as well as RMIT and Griffith relying heavily on casual teachers to service student growth. Sydney and Curtin universities proportionally have been the least responsive in meeting the increased student demand. Sydney does nevertheless retain one of the lowest student-to-staff ratios in Australian universities. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 11:06:28 +1100 Women, choice and promotion: why women are still a minority in the professoriate http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/03/80-women-choice-and-promotion-why-women-are-still-a-minority-in-the-professoriate http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/03/80-women-choice-and-promotion-why-women-are-still-a-minority-in-the-professoriate Australian higher education is commonly described as ‘feminised’ with overall numbers of both female students and academic staff outnumbering men. At the same time, women remain a minority as senior academics in Australian higher education. In 2009, the national average of female appointments above Level D (Associate Professor) was 26.5% (QUT Equity Services 2011). This is despite the fact that universities have, by and large, complied with Equal Opportunity legislation and have systematically worked towards gender equity in senior academic leadership (Winchester, Chesterman et al. 2005). Mon, 26 Mar 2012 16:17:58 +1100 New Zealand’s Tertiary Educational Performance Indicators http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/03/79-new-zealands-tertiary-educational-performance-indicators http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/03/79-new-zealands-tertiary-educational-performance-indicators In 2010 the New Zealand Government, through the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), introduced a set of four educational performance indicators (EPIs) with the stated purpose of “allowing the general public to understand more about how their local tertiary providers are performing” and the intention to link the results to an institution’s government funding. The indicators, published annually for each institution, are labelled: • successful course completion • student retention • qualification completion • student progression   Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:35:39 +1100 Women and work in Australia http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/02/78-women-and-work-in-australia http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/02/78-women-and-work-in-australia In Australian universities women continue to be under-represented in senior academic roles (level D and above). This is despite more than 20 years of equal opportunity policies and programs and anti-discrimination legislation. Over this period there has been an increase in the numbers of women employed in academic positions. The proportions of men and women are roughly equal at levels A and B and approaching equality at level C. However, far fewer women are making the transition into the professoriate. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 17:06:13 +1100 Assuring the quality of New Zealand universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/02/77-assuring-the-quality-of-new-zealand-universities http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/02/77-assuring-the-quality-of-new-zealand-universities New Zealand’s eight universities enjoy a well-established and robust peer-based quality assurance system that is independently operated, internationally recognised and founded on self-review. In a somewhat unique model in international higher education, New Zealand universities proactively cooperate to maintain standards, both for universities individually and for the sector as a whole, and have done so for more than four decades. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 15:12:06 +1100 New survey adds to our knowledge of qualifications and work http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/02/76-new-survey-adds-to-our-knowledge-of-qualifications-and-work http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/02/76-new-survey-adds-to-our-knowledge-of-qualifications-and-work A recent report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Learning and Work, provides some very useful information on the extent and nature of qualifications among working-age people and the links between people’s qualifications and their working lives. It shows the broadening of tertiary education but also its problematic interaction with the world of work, and has an illuminating focus on migrants. It is a welcome addition to our data relating to tertiary education, although our sources of data are still inadequate. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:10:14 +1100 How should academic staffing trends be analysed? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/02/75-how-should-academic-staffing-trends-be-analysed http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/02/75-how-should-academic-staffing-trends-be-analysed In an article published on the Group of Eight (Go8) Universities website concerning academic staffing trends, it is claimed that an analysis by this author was ‘wrong in fact and in interpretation’. This assertion is categorically rejected. The approach adopted was appropriate because it is the number of full and fractional academic staff in departments and faculties (excluding casuals), rather than FTE staff data with casuals, that more accurately represents the professional workload responsibilities that need to be discharged by staff for quality assurance, curriculum development, academic course co-ordination and assessment, bidding for research funding, research supervision and student mentoring. The use of various academic staff data sets are examined in this paper to demonstrate that the major findings reported in the earlier paper are correct. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 17:20:25 +1100 The New Zealand Universities’ Academic Workforce Planning Project http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/01/74-the-new-zealand-universities-academic-workforce-planning-project http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/01/74-the-new-zealand-universities-academic-workforce-planning-project For a number of years, the eight New Zealand universities have shared concerns about the future viability of the sector’s academic workforce. Like other countries, as New Zealand moves towards 2020 there will be significant pressures on universities in maintaining an effective and efficient academic workforce. The international competition for top academics is on the rise and New Zealand staff are being attracted both out of the sector and out of New Zealand. During this same period members of the existing academic workforce will be retiring at a higher rate than ever before experienced. In addition, due to the changing ethnic mix in New Zealand, it is expected that this workforce will need to include a significantly greater proportion of Māori and Pacific peoples than at present. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:09:22 +1100 Quality Assurance in Hong Kong Higher Education: An East-West Approach http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/01/73-quality-assurance-in-hong-kong-higher-education-an-east-west-approach http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2012/01/73-quality-assurance-in-hong-kong-higher-education-an-east-west-approach The higher education sector in Hong Kong is a relatively small and exclusive group comprising of eight publicly-funded institutions. These institutions cater to about 18 percent of the eligible age group within Hong Kong’s population of seven million. The University Grants Committee (UGC) was formed by the Hong Kong government to safeguard and promote quality among these publicly-funded institutions. Since its inception, the UGC has conducted a number of reviews of universities, such as the Management Review (1998-1999), the Teaching and Learning Quality Process Reviews (TLQPR) (1995-1997 and 2001-2003), the Performance and Role-Related Funding Scheme (2004) , and, most recently, the first round of Quality Audits (2008-2011). Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:48:14 +1100 New Ways of Education Management: Y Wait? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/11/72-new-ways-of-education-management-y-wait http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/11/72-new-ways-of-education-management-y-wait Trying to select which applicant would make the best new lecturer or staff member? As you search hopefully through the stack of CVs, consider this: recent research by the Queensland Government found that by 2012 (that’s in a month or so!) 40% of the Australian population will belong to the group dubbed Gen Y - those born between 1978 and 1994. Some of them have already been in jobs in education for a few years. Have they stayed? Are they happy with the status quo? Are they happy with receiving a small incremental reward each year? Are they proving to be resolute researchers? Are they clever and resourceful academics? Are they excellent communicators?   Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:23:37 +1100 The NZ University System Shifts Gear http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/11/71-the-nz-university-system-shifts-gear http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/11/71-the-nz-university-system-shifts-gear Though not accompanied by banner headlines, or even especially noticed by the broader populous, the last few years have seen the tertiary sector in New Zealand embark on a distinctly new policy direction. The move from one system to another has thrown up a range of challenges, exacerbated by the degree to which previous ways had become entrenched. The new challenges cannot go unaddressed.   Mon, 28 Nov 2011 16:44:38 +1100 Overseas students help boost Australian universities research profile http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/11/70-overseas-students-help-boost-australian-universities-research-profile http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/11/70-overseas-students-help-boost-australian-universities-research-profile Higher degree research student numbers in Australian universities have grown very strongly over the period 2000 to 2010 enhancing university research profiles. The contribution from overseas higher degree research students has increased very significantly. In 2010 one in 3.5 of the enrolled doctoral research students and one in four of the doctoral completing students were from overseas. By comparison in 2000 the numbers were one in eight and one in six respectively. The situation for Masters by Research students shows a similar trend. More domestic students are now part time compared with overseas students, such that on a full time equivalent student basis the dependence by universities on the research output of overseas students is even greater than reported above. Any downturn in overseas student demand for research places in Australia could have serious consequences for university research performance and the national benefits that follow. Australian higher education research will come under increased competitive pressure when the financial situation in Europe and the US improves. New policy initiatives are required to secure an innovative future involving talented research students. Fri, 25 Nov 2011 13:05:58 +1100 Is the quality assurance role of university academic boards symbolic or real? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/11/69-is-the-quality-assurance-role-of-university-academic-boards-symbolic-or-real http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/11/69-is-the-quality-assurance-role-of-university-academic-boards-symbolic-or-real Quality assurance is everywhere in higher education, reflecting trends of the last 30 years towards external accountability and managerial modes of governance. As opposed to the more internally focused quality enhancement activities traditionally practiced by universities, quality assurance involves the collection and reporting of performance data, enabling comparative judgements both within and between institutions. In so doing, quality assurance has enabled universities to compete internationally, particularly for fee-paying students, and has provided a means by which governments can hold their respective higher education sectors accountable. Within Australia, as universities prepare for and contemplate the implications of a new risk-based quality assurance and regulatory regime under TEQSA, quality assurance is particularly topical at present. As a result, universities are keen not only to be doing ‘the right thing’ but to be seen to be doing it. Thu, 17 Nov 2011 09:39:14 +1100 Multisectoral education: why bother? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/10/68-multisectoral-education-why-bother http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/10/68-multisectoral-education-why-bother The Victorian Government’s recent decision to cut VET funding delivers a triple whammy to universities. We suffer the funding cuts levied on all VET providers for seven industry areas and the cuts imposed on all large TAFE institutions. In addition we have the difficulty of managing university budgets where a significant proportion of the revenue is greatly below Commonwealth funding levels. This does cause me to reflect on why we are multisectoral. For Victoria University, as is the case for all Victorian multisectoral universities, there wasn’t a Damascene policy moment that led to our multisectoral sector status rather there were a series of decisions not to change what was already there.   Wed, 26 Oct 2011 09:36:44 +1100 Internalising Quality Assurance http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/10/67-internalising-quality-assurance http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/10/67-internalising-quality-assurance Educational leaders grappling with the settings of an emerging tertiary sector are facing challenging questions in a turbulent environment. On commencing the Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance with the LH Martin Institute, it became apparent that many of my international peers were confronted with similar problems. Complex issues of global and national importance, led by international agendas, are swirling around higher education and vocational training sectors as governments seek to accelerate high level skills development for their society’s positioning in the knowledge economy. As an individual in Education, making sense of how these dynamic forces affect professional practice is akin to surfing a tsunami. Tue, 25 Oct 2011 14:28:50 +1100 Higher education in English Further Education Colleges: ‘protect and grow’ http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/10/66-higher-education-in-english-further-education-colleges-protect-and-grow http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/10/66-higher-education-in-english-further-education-colleges-protect-and-grow With the release of its White Paper ‘Higher education: students at the heart of the system’ in June 2011, the United Kingdom (UK) Coalition Government signalled the direction of its policy for higher education in England. The White Paper was preceded by the Browne Review into the financing of higher education and much of the subsequent media commentary has concentrated upon the increase in tuition fees up to a ceiling of GBP9,000, supported by a revised system of student loans. The White Paper was, however, also notable for an increased emphasis upon diversity of supply within higher education, inviting greater involvement by private for profit universities and further education (FE) colleges. This diversity of supply was linked philosophically to a greater emphasis upon student choice with students being seen as empowered consumers. Mon, 24 Oct 2011 11:23:18 +1100 Academic Staffing Trends: At what cost to teaching and learning excellence? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/10/65-academic-staffing-trends-at-what-cost-to-teaching-and-learning-excellence http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/10/65-academic-staffing-trends-at-what-cost-to-teaching-and-learning-excellence In the period 2000-2010 research only (RO) staff numbers in universities increased by 78 percent, while teaching and research (T&R) and teaching only (TO) staff numbers increased by only 26 percent. More new RO staff were employed during the period than T&R and TO staff combined, such that by 2010 one in three academic staff was a RO staff member. The trend has been to reclassify some T&R staff as TO staff and to increase the proportion in both categories having fractional time appointments. While in that same period research student numbers increased by 49 percent, and coursework student numbers increased by 73 percent. Consequently, the coursework student to T&R and TO staff ratio was concerningly high at 34 to 1 by 2010, an increase of some 38 percent compared with 2000. The research student to T&R and RO staff ratio has remained relatively constant throughout the period with one T&R or RO staff member for every 1.2 research students. These are average system-wide figures so the disparities will be even greater in some universities. The impact of these trends on staff workloads and the quality of coursework teaching and learning programs warrants further examination.   Wed, 19 Oct 2011 16:55:00 +1100 U-Map and U-Multirank: Measuring complexity in higher education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/09/64-u-map-and-u-multirank-measuring-complexity-in-higher-education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/09/64-u-map-and-u-multirank-measuring-complexity-in-higher-education   The rationale for the measurement of university performance is grounded in a number of assertions. Public universities should be accountable. Students deserve access to information about universities to inform decisions about where they will study. And industry and government ought to know which universities are performing well. In response, a number of instruments and ranking systems are used in an effort to provide a rather austere answer to a complicated question. And unsurprisingly, a number of criticisms have been levelled at these condensed, traditional indices. Mon, 26 Sep 2011 16:59:56 +1000 Bibliometrics in research assessment: contrasting ERA and the REF http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/09/63-bibliometrics-in-research-assessment-contrasting-era-and-the-ref http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/09/63-bibliometrics-in-research-assessment-contrasting-era-and-the-ref In both the UK and Australia, the method for assessing university research performance, which feeds into block grant funding has undergone major change. In this short piece, I do not have the space to revisit the full history of developments in both systems, but suffice it to say political and bureaucratic drivers saw the Australian developments in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative and the UK developments in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) arriving at a very similar point in late 2008. The developments occurred from quite different starting points, but at that time both countries were planning to introduce a metrics based system of assessment for the sciences, with a central role for bibliometrics, while relying on peer review for the social sciences, humanities and the arts. After that, the two developments diverged markedly. Mon, 26 Sep 2011 12:34:00 +1000 Assessing Research Excellence: Lessons from the UK? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/09/62-assessing-research-excellence-lessons-from-the-uk http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/09/62-assessing-research-excellence-lessons-from-the-uk The UK introduced its first Research Selectivity Exercise in 1986 and since then the country has had five Research Assessment Exercises (RAEs) and is now preparing for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Emerging from a context in which the exercise was meant to selectively fund research, it gradually developed into a re-allocation exercise with the objectives to gain insight in the research quality across the sector and disciplines and to allocate research funds to research groups that have shown the highest quality. Despite changes over the years regarding the definitions of quality standards, the frequency of assessments, but particularly with respect to the measurement of quality, key elements remained the same... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 11:41:52 +1000 U-Map and U-Multirank: new European transparency instruments for higher education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/09/61-u-map-and-u-multirank-new-european-transparency-instruments-for-higher-education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/09/61-u-map-and-u-multirank-new-european-transparency-instruments-for-higher-education This week the European Commission released a wide-ranging new communiqué (COM [2011] 567/2) entitled “Supporting growth and jobs – an agenda for the modernisation of Europe’s higher education systems.” As in previous policy documents, one of the points of departure is that Europe needs a wide diversity of higher education institutions; each institution must pursue excellence in line with its mission and strategic priorities; and that more transparent information about the profiles and performance of individual institutions is needed.  Fri, 23 Sep 2011 10:46:45 +1000 University Discipline Diversity Matters for Research Excellence http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/09/60-university-discipline-diversity-matters-for-research-excellence http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/09/60-university-discipline-diversity-matters-for-research-excellence Australian universities have a high level of diversity in the research disciplines that they pursue. There are 18 of 39 universities that submitted ERA research outputs in at least 20 of the possible 25 two-digit fields of research that were evaluated. Some 15 of these universities were established prior to the introduction of the Unified National System in 1987. Two of the other three were Institutes of Technology prior to 1987 with active applied research agendas. Five universities, Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney, New South Wales and Australian National University had all of the disciplines evaluated rated at or above world standard. Some 23 universities (59%) had at least half their disciplines rated at or above world standard. Many of the remaining 16 Universities had a very weak research performance. There is clear evidence that the quality of research performance does correlate, with few exceptions, with the diversity of the research effort in a university. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 10:13:13 +1000 The Europe of Knowledge http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/09/59-the-europe-of-knowledge http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/09/59-the-europe-of-knowledge Like in many other parts of the world, the European Union (EU) sees ‘innovation’ as a crucial response to the current global economic crisis, and higher education and research institutions are assumed to be major actors in this context. The EU focus on innovation has its own history. Since the beginning of this century and in response to the ongoing process of globalisation the EU has set its own ‘innovation agenda’. In this agenda knowledge is seen as the new strategic production factor. The creation, transfer and application of knowledge are assumed to be of prime importance for the processes of economic and social reorientation and development. As a consequence the EU has become more active and assertive in its efforts to influence the behaviour of higher education and research organisations. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 09:12:39 +1000 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia Exercise: What has been learned... http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/08/57-2010-excellence-in-research-for-australia-exercise-what-has-been-learned http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/08/57-2010-excellence-in-research-for-australia-exercise-what-has-been-learned The Commonwealth Government through the Australian Research Council (ARC) conducted in 2010 the first Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) exercise (1). The responsible minister, Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research has described the ERA exercise as ‘a key element of the government’s agenda for the reform of Australia’s higher education system’ (1). The cumulative cost of the 2010 exercise to all parties involved was at least $100 million for data collection, reporting and evaluation. A further evaluation exercise will be conducted in 2012 to refine the ERA methodology. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 17:24:52 +1000 Modernizing Higher Education Programs in Europe: Not Without Tuning! http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/08/56-modernizing-higher-education-programs-in-europe-not-without-tuning http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/08/56-modernizing-higher-education-programs-in-europe-not-without-tuning Every higher education institution intends or should intend to offer good educational programs, which meet international standards and the needs of society. The notions about what constitutes good educational programs differ, and have changed during time. They also vary between regions and countries in the world. It is remarkable to observe that education is still seen as a national ‘product’ and responsibility while the educational play field has become a global one. Countries and institutions – in that order - try to attract students from all over the word, to offer them education in a national(istic) framework. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 10:49:48 +1000 Thinking about SES equity. http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/08/55-thinking-about-ses-equity http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/08/55-thinking-about-ses-equity Over the many decades the university sector has collected data on the social origins of public university students, one result has persisted: with rounding, only 15 per cent of students come from the geographic areas home to the 25 per cent of the population with the lowest socioeconomic status (SES).This disappointing result is not for want of effort by universities. Many remedies suggested are already long-standing practices. Universities make allowance for disadvantage in their entry requirements, and encourage outreach programs to disadvantaged schools. There are support mechanisms to support completion as well as commencement. And yet, despite institutional efforts, the status quo endures. Thu, 18 Aug 2011 17:25:18 +1000 Mixing it up: what’s driving mixed sector provision and is it a good thing? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/07/54-mixing-it-up-whats-driving-mixed-sector-provision-and-is-it-a-good-thing http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/07/54-mixing-it-up-whats-driving-mixed-sector-provision-and-is-it-a-good-thing Nick Fredman discusses the background to the currently increasing trend for public universities, private colleges and TAFEs to offer a mix of both VET and higher education and examines whether this trend is part of the solution for building a better post-school education system. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 17:54:00 +1000 Assessing Student Learning Outcomes: the AHELO Feasibility Study http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/07/53-assessing-student-learning-outcomes-the-ahelo-feasibility-study http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/07/53-assessing-student-learning-outcomes-the-ahelo-feasibility-study Is it possible to undertake an international assessment of final-year students’ capacity to use, apply and act on the knowledge and reasoning they have gained from their degrees? Is it possible to assess these outcomes in an efficient and internationally comparable way? Can policymakers, institutional leaders, faculty and students be convinced that the assessment of higher education learning outcomes as an essential checkpoint in the educational process? These questions lie at the core of the OECD’s Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO) Feasibility Study. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 14:15:01 +1000 Universities Cross-Subsidised Research Activities by up to $2.7 billion in 2008 http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/07/52-universities-cross-subsidised-research-activities-by-up-to-27-billion-in-2008 http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/07/52-universities-cross-subsidised-research-activities-by-up-to-27-billion-in-2008 Universities spent a higher proportion of their outlays on research in 2008 than in 2002 with a declining proportion of the total being funded from identifiable external income sources. For 2008 research expenditure represented 36% of all university outlays with 40% of this expenditure ($2.7 billion) cross-subsidised from non-primary research sources, principally the Commonwealth Grant Scheme and Student Fee Income. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 12:20:49 +1000 Australia’s R&D Growth Performance since 2000 has been exceptional. http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/06/51-australias-rd-growth-performance-since-2000-has-been-exceptional http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/06/51-australias-rd-growth-performance-since-2000-has-been-exceptional Australia has outperformed all of its OECD major trading partners in terms of the percentage growth in R&D expenditure in the period 2000 to 2009 to achieve a gross expenditure outcome of 2.21 percent of GDP, near the OECD average of 2.33 percent. A target R&D expenditure of 3 percent of GDP within the next decade should be a national goal, placing Australia in the top 25% of OECD countries, with the contribution from higher education being maintained at around 25% of this GDP figure. This would require an increase of the higher education R&D expenditure to 0.75 percent, compared with the present figure of 0.53 percent. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 13:53:49 +1000 The Public/Private Pantomime http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/06/50-the-publicprivate-pantomime http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/06/50-the-publicprivate-pantomime One of the earliest essay-writing lessons could be summed up as “All generalisations are bad, even this one”. Despite this, the higher education sector persists with generalised portrayals of ‘public’ institutions in the role of hero and ‘private’ institutions as the villain. Non-university providers are stereotyped as small, temporary and shonky, intent on fleecing ‘rich but thick’ students who couldn’t gain a university place, who are taught by second-rate academics. It’s worth taking a closer look at our villain. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 11:45:16 +1000 Managers for a Demand Driven Environment http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/06/49-managers-for-a-demand-driven-environment http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/06/49-managers-for-a-demand-driven-environment Long term managers of tertiary education institutions have seen numerous changes over the last 20 years. Most of them are enough to test the resolve of a great many. Since 1990, we have seen large amalgamations of tertiary education institutions, the rise and rise of the private sector, the creation of a several billion dollar export industry and numerous other changes to the landscape.They have been there whilst managerial professionalism became the buzz word of how to manage a tertiary education institution and worked through continued re-structures in individual institutions, be they universities, TAFE or private providers. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 09:55:16 +1000 Women in Research Leadership http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/05/48-women-in-research-leadership http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/05/48-women-in-research-leadership Last week a group of eminent alumni met at Princeton University to discuss a topic of great concern to them collectively - the subject was not technical in nature but rather the retention and promotion of women in science.Those present included Karen Drexler a graduate in 1981, and now chairman of the CellScape Corporation. Drexler acts as a mentor and adviser for young female scientists who are interested in starting their own companies. She noted that the young women she works with often temper their expectations about their futures before they have even started working. "Right out of the gate, they either decide that they're not going to be able to have a family, or they're not going to be ambitious about their career," Drexler explained. "And this just breaks my heart.” Mon, 30 May 2011 10:54:59 +1000 Joint Research Engagement: Is the policy appropriate? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/05/47-joint-research-engagement-is-the-policy-appropriate http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/05/47-joint-research-engagement-is-the-policy-appropriate The Joint Research Engagement Policy has not been very successful in increasing the rewards to the top performing universities in terms of end-user research collaborations. Four of the top ten collaborating universities have had their funding reduced. Thu, 26 May 2011 11:18:56 +1000 The Administrative “Burden” http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/05/46-the-administrative-burden http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/05/46-the-administrative-burden Recently, at a conference of university administrators in the UK, I was asked what Australian universities were doing about reducing the administrative “burden” for academic staff. My response was that I dislike the term “burden”, that administration was my job (and that of many other people), and we find those jobs interesting, challenging and absorbing. Thu, 26 May 2011 09:30:27 +1000 A national professional association for the VET sector? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/05/45-a-national-professional-association-for-the-vet-sector http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/05/45-a-national-professional-association-for-the-vet-sector The recent reports from Skills Australia and the Productivity Commission have in their own ways identified issues that will impact on the future directions of the vocational education and training (VET) sector and the role of VET educators. New industry skills and knowledge requirements mean that educators must be at the forefront of their respective professions and possess the skills and knowledge to engage learners in new ways using new methods and technologies. Maintaining their own vocational currency and keeping abreast of excellence in teaching and learning is a challenge for many educators and educational leaders as they also navigate the complexity of new policy initiatives and budget parameters. Wed, 25 May 2011 14:20:27 +1000 Global vision for higher education needs government support http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/04/44-global-vision-for-higher-education-needs-government-support http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/04/44-global-vision-for-higher-education-needs-government-support During the last decade it has become apparent that the future of higher education will be non-national. As unprecedented numbers of students traverse the globe in search of world-class education, the world’s higher education institutions continue to do battle in the well documented ‘global brain race’. Recent literature and commentary has shone the spotlight of this intellectual campaign for educational supremacy firmly on China and the shift in the flow of intellectual capital from East to West, as emerging economies in East and West Asia continue to move from strength to strength. Mon, 18 Apr 2011 16:51:53 +1000 Excellence in research - where is it? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/03/43-excellence-in-research-where-is-it http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/03/43-excellence-in-research-where-is-it The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) National Report 2010 has been in the public arena since January this year. Naturally enough the report has attracted considerable attention across the university sector. Some of this attention has arisen from the universities themselves as they describe their place in the perceived hierarchy of the nation’s research institutions. Some individuals in the academic community have also commented upon the nature of the ERA methodology. Relatively little attention appears to have been given yet to the distribution of Australia’s excellence as measured by the ERA across the 180 or so (2 and 4 digit) coded disciplines that were the subject of the report. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:21:11 +1100 Leadership and management of international partnerships http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/03/42-leadership-and-management-of-international-partnerships http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/03/42-leadership-and-management-of-international-partnerships The nature and number of ‘international partnerships’ has become a matter of strategic concern to institutions as they seek to develop comprehensive internationalisation strategies or to follow a trajectory towards recognised ‘world-class’ status. The search for sound partners and sustainable forms of partnership are significant and difficult issues for institutional leaders, managers and governing boards, particularly in an international context which is increasingly complex and volatile. Mon, 28 Mar 2011 10:40:33 +1100 Do VET teachers need to be qualified as teachers? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/02/41-do-vet-teachers-need-to-be-qualified-as-teachers http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/02/41-do-vet-teachers-need-to-be-qualified-as-teachers There is unprecedented attention being paid to vocational education and training teachers at present. The LH Martin Institute has recently completed a project on the quality of teaching in VET, funded by the Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations and managed by the Australian College of Educators; the Productivity Commission is conducting an inquiry on the future of the VET workforce; and the National Centre for Vocational Education Research has just completed some major projects on VET teachers. These are only a few of a range of recent projects on VET teaching. Mon, 28 Feb 2011 10:14:08 +1100 European higher education and enhancement of youth engagement, mobility and employment http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/01/40-european-higher-education-and-enhancement-of-youth-engagement-mobility-and-employment http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/01/40-european-higher-education-and-enhancement-of-youth-engagement-mobility-and-employment Europe, like Australia, is concerned about the level of educational participation of its young people, particularly with respect to engaging youth from lower socio-economic backgrounds and building the human capital necessary for a robust knowledge-based economy. In response to the five million young unemployed Europeans and EU 2020 targets of reducing the proportion of early school leavers from 15% to 10% and increasing the share of young people with tertiary education qualifications from 31% to 40%, in late 2010 the European Commission launched Youth on the Move: Strengthening Support to Europe’s Young People. In words reminiscent of those used in the recent Australian Review of Higher Education, Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner For Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said that “The EU needs even more young people in tertiary education so that they reach their full potential. The EU needs even more young people who are highly skilled, knowledgeable and innovative if it is to prosper in the future”. Fri, 28 Jan 2011 10:34:19 +1100 New regulatory and quality assurance arrangements for a broader tertiary sector http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/01/39-new-regulatory-and-quality-assurance-arrangements-for-a-broader-tertiary-sector http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2011/01/39-new-regulatory-and-quality-assurance-arrangements-for-a-broader-tertiary-sector TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) maintains that the current development of new regulatory and quality assurance arrangements offers an important opportunity for policy makers to respond to the development of a broader tertiary sector. TDA supports a robust regulatory system with no diminution of quality standards. TDA also believes that a vibrant and diverse tertiary sector offers the best chance for boosting Australia’s productivity through increased participation in tertiary study. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 14:33:13 +1100 Australia’s tertiary education sector: the need for coherence http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/11/38-australias-tertiary-education-sector-the-need-for-coherence http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/11/38-australias-tertiary-education-sector-the-need-for-coherence Following the release of the Bradley Review and the implementation of reforms for the VET sector in some states – Australia is in need of a coherent framework for its tertiary sector. At present, policy reforms work in parallel or in opposition, but rarely in concert, across the VET and higher education sectors. Mon, 29 Nov 2010 17:30:02 +1100 To co-locate or not co-locate: Is that the question anymore? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/11/37-to-co-locate-or-not-co-locate-is-that-the-question-anymore http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/11/37-to-co-locate-or-not-co-locate-is-that-the-question-anymore Recently, the LH Martin Institute ran a conference that included a session titled ‘Battle of the Models’. The models, not necessarily at war with each other, are about how best to have further and higher education work together - whether through co-location, dual-sector institutions, mixed-sector partnerships, or private dual/mixed sector. Mon, 29 Nov 2010 17:16:41 +1100 The future of VET qualifications http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/10/36-the-future-of-vet-qualifications http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/10/36-the-future-of-vet-qualifications The Bradley Review of Higher Education and the subsequent emergence of the new tertiary landscape has sharpened the focus on vocational education. The review has sparked spirited debate, much of which has revolved around institutional arrangements, in particular the future role of VET/ TAFE in the broader tertiary space. This is an important debate; but a pre-occupation with structural arrangements must not be allowed to swamp the equally important conversation about the future of VET qualifications. Thu, 28 Oct 2010 11:10:43 +1100 Targets demand and capacity – the need for a national tertiary education investment framework http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/10/35-targets-demand-and-capacity-the-need-for-a-national-tertiary-education-investment-framework http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/10/35-targets-demand-and-capacity-the-need-for-a-national-tertiary-education-investment-framework If the policy intentions of Australian governments to raise participation and attainment levels in tertiary education beyond current levels are realised, in future decades hundreds of thousands more Australians will hold post-school qualifications. The Commonwealth Government has committed a target of 40% of 25-39 year olds attaining a degree by 2025 and the Council of Australian Governments has committed to a broader goal to halve the proportion of the workforce without at least Certificate III qualification by 2020. A weakness of these current targets is that they were developed in isolation from each other with no capacity for ongoing monitoring, or in the case of the COAG targets, any assessment of future resourcing needs. Thu, 28 Oct 2010 10:44:54 +1100 'Strategic' leadership http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/09/34-strategic-leadership http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/09/34-strategic-leadership When Don Watson spoke at the 2009 Senior Strategic Leadership Program in Melbourne last November his opening shot, of many, was to question why the program was titled ‘strategic’ leadership rather than more accurately ‘the senior leaders program’. In posing this question Don was sending the first volley of the day in his much publicised crusade against ‘modern managerial language, newspeak, and linguistic political chicanery’ in which the education sector is a favourite, and from Don’s website it would appear well-deserved, target. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 11:28:46 +1000 Bridging the tertiary divide http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/09/33-bridging-the-tertiary-divide http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/09/33-bridging-the-tertiary-divide Since the Bradley Review of Australian Higher Education, relationships between universities and TAFEs have come into sharp focus and discussions have flourished about how to achieve a better connected tertiary sector. Some university leaders have argued that polytechnics should be established to bridge the gap between the vocational and higher education sectors. Undoubtedly, there is a need to build some bridges but surely more can be achieved by improving collaboration between existing institutions and recognising the important role of TAFE as a tertiary education provider. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 11:12:32 +1000 Is higher education vocational? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/09/32-is-higher-education-vocational http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/09/32-is-higher-education-vocational Some years ago I wrote a paper titled 'Is VET vocational?' It looked at the match between the courses VET students undertook and their subsequent jobs. I concluded that apart from the traditional trades and a couple of other courses, the match was poor. I argued that much of VET needs to be thought of as general education, if with a vocational orientation. The recent, albeit short lived, announcement of the Gillard ministry, with the minister for post-school education having the title 'Jobs, skills and workplace relations' - and no mention of education- prompted me to pose the question of whether higher education is becoming more vocational. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 10:46:39 +1000 Allocating funding in a growing VET sector http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/09/31-allocating-funding-in-a-growing-vet-sector http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/09/31-allocating-funding-in-a-growing-vet-sector When Skills Australia was developing its Australian Workforce Futures strategy, our modelling indicated that there would need to be a 3% growth per annum in tertiary education enrolments over the next 15 years if we were to supply the qualifications needed to ensure the nation achieved its desired levels of economic growth.The next decade and a half thus offers enormous potential opportunities for the tertiary sector. In economic terms, the emphasis should shift from worrying about the supply side to worrying about the demand side. We need to attract more individuals and enterprises into our training programs. So how do we allocate scarce resources to make sure this growth is achieved efficiently and effectively? Thu, 30 Sep 2010 10:37:42 +1000 Some thoughts on pay-for-performance in higher education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/09/30-some-thoughts-on-pay-for-performance-in-higher-education http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/09/30-some-thoughts-on-pay-for-performance-in-higher-education There is something quite beguiling about performance funding. It is relentlessly capitalistic and is largely in accord with the way we think human motivation works. Partly as a result, it has enjoyed several runs of experiment in higher education the U.S. and is currently being mooted as an alternative financing mechanism for the sector across the world. Despite the popularity of pay-for-performance in the policy community, there are at least three reasons why it does not tend to work very well. Wed, 01 Sep 2010 13:37:04 +1000 TAFE as distinctively public tertiary education institutions http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/09/29-tafe-as-distinctively-public-tertiary-education-institutions http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/09/29-tafe-as-distinctively-public-tertiary-education-institutions LH Martin Institute Associate Professor Leesa Wheelahan has been very busy this last year responding to requests to present keynotes and lead seminars on what many conference organisers call the implications of Bradley for VET. The Bradley review was of higher education, but it is a hot topic in vocational education and training for two reasons. Wed, 01 Sep 2010 13:35:16 +1000 Duration of vocational qualifications and quality http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/09/28-duration-of-vocational-qualifications-and-quality http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/09/28-duration-of-vocational-qualifications-and-quality When Australia developed and implemented its competency based vocational training system, a significant area of debate and concern for the quality of training occurred in the area of the duration of training. Advocates for competency-based training (CBT) argued, appropriately I believe, that the education and training system was too firmly attached to notions of duration of training rather than the achievement of competency. Opponents of CBT on the other hand were concerned that the development of conceptual understanding and underpinning knowledge would be lost as short duration and narrowly instrumental training would result. Wed, 01 Sep 2010 13:33:48 +1000 Universities must be allowed to set fees http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/08/27-universities-must-be-allowed-to-set-fees http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/08/27-universities-must-be-allowed-to-set-fees If education ministers can be judged by the average number of policy initiatives per year in office, Julia Gillard will be remembered as a high achiever. But on one key issue—funding per student—her legacy is uncertain. Unlike her two Liberal predecessors, she left the portfolio with real funding per domestic student lower than it had been when she arrived. Tue, 31 Aug 2010 17:33:43 +1000 Tracking student outcomes http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/08/26-tracking-student-outcomes http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/08/26-tracking-student-outcomes Currently, in dealing with low SES students, universities often operate like enthusiastic amateurs. They have many bright ideas funded from a myriad of sources. The ideas may have a limited impact and are not easily scaleable to reach large numbers of students; they manifest as interventions within universities to attract and retain students, and externally in university partnerships with schools and VET providers. With the best of intentions, tertiary programs that seek to partner with schools appear haphazardly across the country and within institutions themselves, often getting in the way of their own and schools’ operations. We have limited evidence as to which of these ideas are working, which deliver a real ‘bang for the buck’, and which can be scaled up to reach a substantial number of students. Tue, 31 Aug 2010 17:31:54 +1000 Franchising: sinful or virtuous? http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/08/25-franchising-sinful-or-virtuous http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/08/25-franchising-sinful-or-virtuous The practice of signing up students at one institution and paying for them to be taught at another has had a mixed reception. As a model taken from business, the critics of franchising highlight the threat to academic standards and relationships of trust posed by the advance of the market in higher education. Its defenders point to the contribution made to increasing and widening participation by offering courses in locations, styles and modes accessible to students. Tue, 31 Aug 2010 17:30:32 +1000 Leading with a 'big policy picture' http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/08/24-leading-with-a-big-policy-picture http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/insights-blog/2010/08/24-leading-with-a-big-policy-picture Why does understanding the `big policy picture’ matter to leaders in tertiary education, and how might we use it to our advantage? Obviously, it gives context to our work. A successful leader will interpret and develop effective institutional responses to important policy issues, while also translating their implications for others. However, the policy environment i s complex and distracting. A successful leader is one who can distinguish those issues that merit attention from those which just burn energy. Tue, 31 Aug 2010 17:24:07 +1000