Wells Advisory, Private Higher Education Series 2018: Private higher education in Australia

Wells Advisory has launched the first in a series of reports which bring together a diverse range of information about the Australian higher education sector. “Private Higher Education in Australia” provides a range of valuable insights about a segment of the sector that is growing rapidly but has previously been under-analysed” said Michael Wells, Director and Founder of Wells Advisory.

The Report brings together a range of quantitative and qualitative data about Australian private higher education providers including the students they enrol, the policy, legislative and market constraints within which they operate, and recent developments in the sector.

Copies of the Report are available from Janelle at Wells Advisory: reports@wellsadvisory.com.au

Wells Advisory Report on The Evaluation of ARC support for Indigenous researchers and Indigenous research

The Australian Research Council (ARC) commissioned Wells Advisory to conduct an evaluation of its support for Indigenous research and Indigenous researchers. The ARC has released its response today to the recommendations of the report.

Mr Michael Wells, Director and Founder of Wells Advisory, said “This important review demonstrates the ARC’s significant commitment to Indigenous research and Indigenous researchers over an extended period. The recommendations seek to build on this track record.”

On the basis of quantitative data analysis and qualitative interviews of Indigenous researchers, we made three major findings.

  1. Relative to the size of the Indigenous academic workforce and the population parity targets, the level of Australian Research Council (ARC) support for Indigenous researchers and research has, in the past five years, been strong and growing.
  2. Indigenous researchers have appreciated the level of ARC support but have indicated, as the quantitative data analysis also suggests, that redirecting some of that support towards Indigenous higher degree by research students and postdoctoral and early-career researchers would be highly desirable in order to broaden the entry base for ARC-funded Indigenous researchers.
  3. That a range of small technical and larger structural reforms should be considered by the ARC to substantially enhance its investment in this area. 

The ARC’s response to the report can be found here