Research 

As members of a research-intensive university, academics in the ITL make a significant research contribution to their discipline of Higher Education and to the field of Academic Development. Our research is widely published and highly cited as well as disseminated internationally through our educational leadership.

Our work is supported through applications to competitive external funding schemes and is often aligned with our strategic focus, and hence the University's Education strategy.

Research Projects

Find out about some of our currently funded national and international projects


Reframing the PhD for Australia's future universities (2015-2017)
Funded by the Office for Learning and Teaching (led by the University of Sydney)
ITL team: A/Prof Simon Barrie (Project Lead), Dr Tai Peseta, Prof Keith Trigwell & A/Prof Peter McCallum
Partner Universities: Dr Jeanette Fyffe, La Trobe; Prof Joe Graffam, Deakin; Dr Lee Partridge, UWA; & Dr Alistair Kwan, Auckland


Challenges of Access and Equity: The Higher Education Curriculum answers back (2015-16)
Funded by World-wide Universities Network
ITL contact: Dr Tai Peseta & A/Prof Simon Barrie
Partner Universities: Sydney, Bristol, UCT, Auckland.


First in Family Students succeeding at universities (2014-15)
Funded by World-wide Universities Network
ITL Contact: Dr Amani Bell
Partner Universities: Auckland, Sydney, Capetown


Resources from past projects are available here:


Assessment and Assurance of Graduate Attributes (AAGLO) (2010 – 2012)
Funded by Office for Learning and Teaching
ITL contact: A/Prof Simon Barrie
Partner Universities: Queensland, RMIT



Advancing science by enhancing learning in the laboratory (ASELL) (2009-2011).
Funded by the Office for Learning and Teaching
ITL contact: Simon Barrie
Partners: Kable, S., Buntine, Barrie, S.C., Sharma, M. & Crisp, G.


National GAP (Graduate Attributes Project) (2007-2009)
Funded by Office for Learning and Teaching
ITL contact A/Prof Simon Barrie
Partner Universities: Queensland, Griffith


+ ARC projects – (information coming soon)

Research Students 

Academics in the ITL supervise Masters and PhD students undertaking higher edcation research and discipline based teaching and learning studies.  We welcome enquiries from prospective students. 

Click here to see the list of ITL HDR students.