Steering Committee

On 10 March 2016 the former Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP along with Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, announced the members of the Engagement and Impact Steering Committee.

The Committee, which included higher education and industry leaders, helped to develop a process that uses clear and transparent measures of non-academic impact, and industry and end-user engagement, to assess our nation’s university research performance and inform future funding structures. The members of the Steering Committee were appointed for a term of two years.

The Steering Committee was co-chaired by Professor Sue Thomas, CEO, Australian Research Council1, and Mr David Learmonth, Deputy Secretary, Higher Education, Research and International, Department of Education and Training.

[1] NOTE: Professor Byrne served as Co-chair of the Steering Committee until Professor Thomas commenced as CEO of the ARC on 3 July 2017, at which point he became a regular Committee member.

The members of the Committee were:

  • Professor Aidan Byrne, Provost, The University of Queensland
  • Dr Shanny Dyer, Managing Director, Wavefront Biometric Technologies
  • Mr Ken Boal, Vice-President, Cisco Australia and New Zealand
  • Emeritus Professor Lesley Johnson, University of Technology Sydney and Griffith University
  • Professor Ian Jacobs, President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of New South Wales
  • Ms Belinda Robinson, CEO, Universities Australia
  • Professor Scott Bowman, Vice-Chancellor and President, CQ University Australia
  • Professor Anne Kelso, CEO, National Health and Medical Research Council
  • Mr Mark Cully, Chief Economist, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • Dr Alan Finkel, Chief Scientist
  • Professor Shearer West, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield.

Technical Working Group and Performance and Incentives Working Group

The role of the Technical Working Group is to provide expert advice on the development of indicators that will support a national engagement and impact assessment, including: advice regarding development of an appropriate methodology; assessment requirements for different disciplines and end-users; along with development of appropriate measures/indicators of research engagement and research impact.

The role of the Performance and Incentives Working Group is to provide advice to the ARC about the potential incentive effects of the preferred model, including how the process and measures in the preferred model will influence the decisions of universities about the focus of their research activities.

Engagement and Impact—Technical Working Group

  • Ms Leanne Harvey, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Australian Research Council (Co-Chair)
  • Ms Virginia Hart, Branch Manager, Research Funding and Policy, Department of Education and Training (Co-Chair)
  • Dr Eric Archambault, President, Science-Metrix (Canada)
  • Professor Jonathan Adams, Chief Scientist, Digital Science
  • Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, The University of Queensland
  • Professor Andy Pitman, Director, ARC Centre for Climate System Science, The University of New South Wales
  • Mr Tony Sheil, Deputy Director, Research Policy, Griffith University
  • Dr Sybille Hinze, Deputy Director, Research System and Research Dynamics, Deutsches Zentrum für Hochscul und Wissenschaftsforschung (Germany)
  • Dr Diana Hicks, Professor of Public Policy, Georgia Tech (USA)
  • Mr Andrew Calder, Director of Research Services, Bond University
  • Ms Sue Mikilewicz, Director, Business Intelligence and Planning, University of South Australia
  • Professor Richard A Jefferson, Chief Executive Officer, Cambia
  • Dr Marcus Nicol, Director, Research Excellence Branch, Australian Research Council

Engagement and Impact—Performance and Incentives Working Group

  • Ms Leanne Harvey, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Australian Research Council (Co-Chair)
  • Ms Virginia Hart, Branch Manager, Research Funding and Policy, Department of Education and Training (Co-Chair)
  • Mr Conor King, Executive Director, IRU (Innovative Universities Australia)
  • Professor Mike Brooks, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research), The University of Adelaide
  • Professor Kevin Hall, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), The University of Newcastle
  • Professor Robyn Owens, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Western Australia
  • Professor Arun Sharma, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Commercialisation), Queensland University of Technology
  • Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO, Standards Australia
  • Professor Attila Brungs, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Technology Sydney
  • Professor Mark Harvey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, University of Southern Queensland
  • Professor Andrew Reeves, Senior Research Adviser to The Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University
  • Mr Mark Bazzacco, Executive Manager, Performance and Evaluation, CSIRO
  • Mr Luke Meehan, Senior Economist, IP Australia
  • Professor Duncan Ivison, Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • Professor Margaret Sheil, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering 
  • Professor David Day, Australian Academy of Science
  • Professor Glenn Withers, President, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia