1. What is your job title?
Principal, Institutional Research & Strategy
2. Briefly, how would you describe your role in terms of your place in your institution?
My position is located in QUT’s Strategic Intelligence Unit (SIU), which was established to source evidence, broker knowledge and provide decision support for QUT leadership. Reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor and led by Dr Sam Nielsen, SIU is a small, eclectic team that also includes data scientists and a corporate reviewer. Our activities are geared to guiding the University’s strategic direction, and informing decision making and policy formation in support of QUT’s mission and objectives.
I take a broad perspective on institutional research that is inclusive of strategic research projects, benchmarking, survey outcomes, rankings and other reputational impacts, and environmental scanning. My role involves extracting strategic value from diverse evidence sources; identifying opportunities, challenges and risks for QUT; and preparing discussion documents and executive briefs. Apart from facilitation of QUT’s participation in the UniForum professional staff and academic management collections, I have no ongoing survey management responsibilities.
3. From your perspective, what are the emerging areas of interest in institutional research?
4. What do you believe will be the future priorities for institutional research?
5. Complete this statement: In my role, I can’t operate effectively without…
The short answer: Coffee, Google, social media and, of course, the SIU team.
A more nuanced answer would also acknowledge that I’ve found qualifications and experience in communication, marketing, sociology and academia to be beneficial in this increasingly interdisciplinary institutional-researcher-as-knowledge-broker role.
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