Appointment of Peter Lee to Expert Panel

Wells Advisory congratulates our eminent colleague, Emeritus Professor Peter Lee FTSE on his appointment to the Expert Regional Education Advisory Group, part of the Morrison Government’s $134.8 million additional investment in higher education and set up as a result of the Morrison Government’s National Regional, Rural and Remote Higher Education Strategy.  The Advisory Group have been tasked with building on and furthering the work of the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education with the end result being a recommendation of a coherent suite of policy responses to deliver improved higher education outcomes to students in regional, rural and remote Australia.

In a Linked-In post about the appointment, Michael Wells said “Good to see Minister Tehan build on the good work of the Independent Review of Regional, Rural and Remote Education with today’s announcement of Expert Panel. Congratulations to panel members including our esteemed colleague E/Prof Peter Lee.”

Feedback about the appointment has also been positive with former colleague Chris Patton commenting “A timely initiative and one that we who have lived and worked in the regions know is well overdue.  There’s still a lot of good work to be done in increasing participation rates in tertiary and higher education to get to where metros did post the Bradley review.  Former VC and colleague e/Prof Peter Lee will continue to bring the profile and passion about regional education in and for the regions as he did as a former Chair, Regional Universities’ Network (RUN).”

Please join us in congratulating Emeritus Professor Peter Lee on his appointment. For more information about Wells Advisory or Emeritus Professor Peter Lee, go to

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:

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