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30 April 2015

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The idea of power in the uses of data in higher education

by Angel Calderon

RMIT University's Angel Calderon writes about the power of data and the need for broader thinking on policy and planning implications in higher education.


Funding, participation and quality in VET

by Prof. Gerald Burke

Professorial Fellow and Monash University researcher Gerald Burke's paper on the relationship of funding to participation and quality in VET.

Postgraduate award programs open for mid-year applications

The following postgraduate programs are now open for mid-year applications. These programs are delivered online or through a blended mode of study to provide participants with the flexibility of scheduling study around work/life commitments. They also provide a pathway into our Masters program.


Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance

Our comprehensive online academic program addressing the evolving demands of quality assurance in tertiary education and the growing diversity of institutions around the world.


Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education Management

A program offering expert perspectives on tertiary education systems and practical skills for leading and managing successfully in the tertiary education context.


Graduate Certificate in Research Management and Policy

A program for current and aspiring research managers and policy officers providing perspectives on the issues and challenges faced by research leaders and policy makers around the world.

Upcoming professional development programs, subjects and events


Managing International Tertiary Education

11 May - 3 July 2015, online

An online subject providing an overview of the key elements of leading and managing internationalisation in tertiary education.


Emerging Leaders and Managers Program (eLAMP)

Next start date for individual program: 25 May 2015. Also available for guided institutional cohorts.

A contextualised program providing participants with the skills to navigate the complexities of the tertiary education sector.  

Global and National Trends Symposium 2015

27 May 2015, Perth

A symposium on policy decisions and impacts on vocational and higher education co-hosted by the Centre for Training Excellence, WA.


Budgeting and Financial Management for Tertiary Education Managers

28 - 29 May 2015, Melbourne
17 - 18 September 2015, Sydney

A program to enhance understanding of university financial systems, tools and processes and how to optimise their use in strategic management and planning.


Leading and Managing in Universities: Critical Insights for Academic and Corporate Leaders

10 -12 June 2015, Canberra: 'Know the sector...'
5 - 7 August 2015, Sydney: 'Know the organisation...'
11 - 13 November 2015, Melbourne: 'Know the person...'


2015 Study Mission to Canada


27 September - 2 October 2015, Toronto and Ottawa

A study mission co-hosted by TAFE Directors Australia and LH Martin Institute to examine the Canadian community colleges' applied research model.

2015 Service Improvement and Innovation in Universities Conference

About the conference

15-16 October 2015, Melbourne

Building on the successful conferences held by University of South Australia and University of Newcastle, the 2015 Service Improvement and Innovation Conference draws on internal and external leaders in the field to provide you with valuable insights into how to drive service improvements and innovation across your institution. The conference is presented by universities for universities to further our collective understanding and ability to lift performance across the sector.

Conference themes:

  1. How to implement and embed service improvements
  2. How to drive service innovation
  3. How to improve the customer experience, reduce academic administration and contain costs.

Read more

Call for papers and contributions

Ends 22 May 2015

The conference will combine plenary presentations and break out sessions on the three themes. The steering committee is currently securing key note presenters and the conference program will be progressively updated to reflect this. However, the actual objectives of the conference can only be achieved if you share your experiences, positive or negative, with the other participants. We therefore warmly invite you to contact Amalie Hart by 22 May 2015 on how you can contribute to the conference.

Please include in this:

  • Full name, position, institution and contact details (if more than one, please name all contributors)
  • Topic and format of the proposed contribution, e.g. case study, special interest group or general paper Brief abstract outlining your contribution (maximum 150 words) .

Proposed contributions will be forwarded to the steering committee for consideration and we will contact you after the above deadline regarding your proposal.

Public events at the LH Martin Institute and Melbourne CSHE

Note:  to help us ensure venue comfort for all attendees as well as to contact you in the event of last minute changes, please register via the links provided if you would like to attend an event. We thank you for your cooperation.


Overview of Internal Quality Assurance and Learning Outcomes Assessment in Japan

1 - 2pm, 4 May 2015, Melbourne

Tomoko Torii of Ritsumeikan University will discuss the future of evidence-based quality assurance in teaching and learning in Japan through the accomplishments and challenges at Ritsumeikan University.


The Worldwide Tendency to High Participation Higher Education Systems

4.30 - 6pm, 4 May 2015, Melbourne

Professor Simon Marginson from University College London will review the national and global conditions and drivers of the tendency to High Participation Systems and whether its growing stratification is worsening social inequality or improving social mobility.


Hallmark of US Higher Education: Liberal Arts and Experiential Education

1 - 2.30pm,  6 May 2015, Melbourne

Dr Fanta Aw of American University, Washington DC will discuss US higher education's emphasis on liberal arts education combined with valuable experiential learning.

LH Martin Institute in the media and community news

In the media

Geoff Sharrock looks at the government's rising cost of unpaid HELP debt and recent controversial proposals to lift repayment levels, and adds one more controversial idea: using compulsory superannuation contributions as a way of repaying HELP loans in 'Use super contributions to repay student loands', The Conversation, 28 April 2015.


LH Martin Institute strengthens ties with Vietnam

Our Program Director Heather Davis recently visited Hanoi to meet with several institutions there and discuss, among other things, ways of strengthening research ties. Read more about Heather's visit on our website.


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