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Research Development

As the Research Development Coordinator (until the end of 2015) I have been working with the President and Past President of AARE to carry out the responsibilities of coordination and monitoring developments in the national research policy environment.  Collectively we evaluated the need to meet with Marian Simms (Executive Director Social Behavioural and Economic Science, ARC) following the publication of the Turner and Brass Report 2014 [Click Here].  The meeting was productive in that Marian has kindly volunteered to present to AARE members at the conference in 2015.  She is prepared to talk in particular about the DECRA scheme and also indicated how the Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme (LIEF) is not often applied for by Humanities.

We were also interested in the issue of impact [Click Here]. The view from the ARC is that metrics should be used and an impact assessment should be separate from ERA. The ARC has provided some principles about impact [Read More Here] which identify a framework for defining and identifying research impact.

We have also made contact with the Research in Education Network (REN) which includes members from all state, Independent and Catholic education departments. One of the key outcomes from our first meeting with REN colleagues from New South Wales was the importance of collaboration to keep informed of national research priorities, ethics and consent issues and developments such as progress in the development of a single application form to conduct research in different jurisdictions.


Professor Val Klenowski,

Faculty of Education

Queensland University of Technology

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