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26 February 2016

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How did the Australian VET system get here?

by Jim Davidson

Honorary  Fellow Jim Davidson reflects on how the Australian Vocational Education and Training system arrived at its present state. Read article


Financial Performance of Australian Universities in 2014

by Prof. Frank Larkins & Assoc. Prof. Ian Marshman

An analysis of the financial performance of Australian universities in 2014 by two former University of Melbourne executives. Read paper


Promoting gender equity within a medical, dental, and health sciences faculty

by Katherine Johnson, Deborah Warr, Kelsey Hegarty and Marilys Guillemin

A group of University of Melbourne-based academics write about their faculty's attempt to increase gender equity. Read article

Tailored for senior university executives


Leading the University Masterclass

10-14 April 2016, Langkawi, Malaysia

A week-long intensive for senior university executives focusing on how to be 'mission-centred and market smart'. Limited places available. Read more or register on our website.

Upcoming project, programs and event for the VET sector


Innovation and Applied Research Roundtable

2 March 2016, Canberra

A roundtable on TAFE's contribution to Australia's National Innovation and Science Agenda. Guest speakers include public college leaders from Canada, NZ and the UK, who will share their countries' experience with applied research. Read more or register on our website.


Governance in the Vocational Education and Training Sector

4 April 2016, Melbourne
16 May 2016, Sydney

Symposia addressing issues of governance and structure for leaders and managers in VET. More dates to be announced for other capital cities around Australia. Read more or register on our website.


Investigating Quality Teaching in the Victorian VET Sector

Research project

This project aims to develop a framework that describes how VET teachers typically progress from novice to expert. Read more about the project or participate in the survey.

Single subjects - a taster of our postgraduate courses or an opportunity to learn something new

The LH Martin Institute's single subjects are online subjects that are normally offered as part of our Master or Graduate Certificate courses. Participants can choose to undertake their single subject in assessed or non-assessed mode. Those who successfully complete the assessed mode can use the credit points earned towards our Master or Graduate Certificate courses.

Below is a list of subjects offered in the first half of 2016. Please refer to our website for the complete list of subjects offered in 2016.


Managing International Tertiary Education

9 May -  4 July 2016

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



Risk Management in Tertiary Education

11 May - 2 July 2016

An online subject examining the concepts and practices of risk management, and how they apply to tertiary education. Read more or apply.


Sustainable Tertiary Education Leadership and Governance

25 July - 23 October 2016

An online subject focusing on the promotion of sustainable leadership and governance practices in tertiary education. Read more or apply.


External Quality Assurance

25 July - 23 September 2016

An online subject on international approaches to quality assurance in tertiary education. Read more or apply.


Leading and Managing Research

25 July - 23 September 2016

An online subject providing an overview of the elements required in research leadership and management in an institutional setting. Read more or apply.

Free public events at the LH Martin Institute and Melbourne CSHE


Leading and Building Entrepreneurial Tertiary Institutions

11 March 2016, Melbourne

Jointly presented by the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges, University of Melbourne, this practical workshop will explore key actions needed to lead and build an entrepreneurial institution. Read more or register.


Comparing approaches to assessing transferable cognitive skills for cyclical improvement

12.30-1.30pm, 7 March 2016, Melbourne

Seminar on the interim results of a longitudinal study into critical thinking, problem solving and communication for a cyclical improvement program. Read more.


Learning with me mate: analytics of social networks in higher education

1-2pm, 16 March 2016, Melbourne

A talk on lessons learned about social networks in higher education, from face-to-face to MOOCs. Read more.


Embedding research-based education at the University College London

1-2pm, 11 April 2016, Melbourne

In this talk, University College London (UCL) Vice Provost Prof. Anthony Smith will explain the UCL 20-year strategy, UCL 2034, and what it aims to achieve for this research-intensive university. Read more.

LH Martin Institute community news


Alumnus Frances Valintine interviewed by NZ's Techday

Serial entrepreneur, and Master of Tertiary Education Management alumnus, Frances Valintine talked to New Zealand's Techday Educators about the role of technology in education. Read article.


Alumnus Sibu Moyo does Durban University of Technology (and us) proud

Durban University of Technology Director for Research and Postgraduate Support, and another alumnus of our Master of Tertiary Education Management, Professor Sibusiso (Sibu) Moyo was featured on her institution's website after scoring first class honours for her Masters. Read article.

LH Martin Institute in the media

Frank Larkins and Ian Marshman's analysis of university finances (above) provided the basis for 'Analysis of university finances reveal inefficiencies', The Australian, 10 February 2016. Note: article behind paywall.


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