Innovation, collaboration and smart spending
Our broad aim is to build our capability, and boost the overall performance of universities, to position Australia as the leading nation for tertiary education.
The nature of education is shifting. As a sector, we need to innovate and improve service delivery to remain competitive and relevant in a future that is approaching all too fast.
In 2017, the LH Martin Institute will be hosting the third annual Service Improvement and Innovation in Universities Conference, which is organised by the sector, for the sector.
A series of four individual challenges, one for each theme explored during the event, will be posted here on MindHive in the weeks leading up to the conference. We ask that you contribute your thoughts, experiences, wild ideas and frustrations to the discussions, in the hopes of finding some real, actionable solutions.
1. Innovation Powered by Skills
Many times we are asked, “but what is innovation?” or “how do I innovate?” This theme challenges the way we think about innovation and what that means in different contexts within the sector, our lives and our work. Participants will explore different concepts of innovation, and learn new skills for innovation.
2. Collective Buying Power
With budget cuts looming on the horizon, how can we as institutions improve the efficiency and effectiveness of procurement practices to gain the best value for money? This theme explores the concepts behind and methods for shared procurement within the sector and what savings can be made when we harness our collective buying power.
3. The Power of Collaboration
The nature of universities is traditionally characterised by competition, however in the context of open innovation the realistation grows that collaborating and sharing knowledge and information has a very positive impact on innovation and the effectiveness of individual organisations. So what can we learn from others? This theme will walk through how universities partner with other universities, state and local governments, and industry and community organisations.
4. Powerful Communities
What is the value of reaching out? This theme builds on the notion of collaboration to look at the broader socio-economic impact for the community when strong universities partner with local stakeholders to foster inclusiveness and build a sense of community that reaches beyond the campus borders.
These discussions will lead into and continue during the conference breakout sessions, culminating in the final panel session where a champion for each theme will put forward the recurring issues, before opening up to the collective expertise of conference delegates to discuss solutions.
True collaboration, creation and innovation can only be achieved if colleagues in the sector share their experiences, positive or negative, with each other.
We aim to publish a series of papers on each of the four challenges, detailing the discussions, the issues and the solutions to share as a resource for those in the sector.
We hope to use this challenge as a central hub for discussion, whereby contributors can understand how all four challenges fit together, as they develop, and contribute ideas more broadly on the themes.
Challenge Opened: 02:38 AM, Friday 11 August 2017
Challenge Closes: 02:00 AM, Saturday 14 October 2017
Time to go: Closed