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Cross-institutional collaborations

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Date: 19/05/2021

Speakers: Jayashri Ravishankar, Roger Hadgraft, Anne Gardner, Enda Crossin and Sasha Nikolic


Jayashri Ravishankar

  • Met contacts through conferences
  • Make use of funding to travel
  • Bringing collaborators as a keynote

Roger Hadgraft

  • Finding common ground, connections at AAEE (use coffee breaks)
  • Introductions from AAEE community to international community (get to know older staff)
  • Very difficult to predict – cannot tell which connections will take root
  • “Be a social butterfly”

Anne Gardner

  • Attending conferences are good for senior staff to set up project teams
  • Two different types of networks – reading from authors (textual network) -> meeting people (personal network)
  • Participating in executive committees in professional bodies, e.g. AAEE committee (Australasia + ACED connection), REEN board (Australasia, international network), cross-university links (monthly research meetings, strengthening ties)
  • Supervisory panels, good way to find out how others supervise and examine PhDs too
  • Not everyone you talk to will be someone you work with on a long-term project, but don’t let this deter you from continuing to try

Enda Crossin

  • https://www.belongeng.org/
  • Read deeply
  • Recruitment at AAEE – common interests, interest and engaged, willing to commit time, excitement – used contacts to meet people on the team
  • Expectation of the project team – what you want from them? What you can give back? Be realistic about expectations. Consider governance framework for impact
  • Support from outside, e.g. ACED, EA
  • Check with colleagues – use them to form the idea and insights from outside of engineering education
  • Have a project plan – keep things ticking over
  • Aim for diversity in your team - region, gender, career stage, research background.

Sasha Nikolic

  • Conference dinner (move between tables, build social network)
  • Work hard and show that you’re capable (usually invites from referrals)
  • Mentorship opportunities, look for connections
  • Reach out to people – start small collaborations at first


Institutional barriers

  • Red tape everywhere – don’t just believe what you’re told, challenge it
  • Intellectual property, memoranda of understanding (risk-averse) – deal with it later
  • Not everyone has the same ethics process (some institutions have more straight-forward processes) – find a collaborator with a potentially quicker, simpler process
  • Finding time to work on cross-institutional collaborations (institutional support)
  • Use alternate avenues of funding (not necessarily just educational ones) – no harm in trying, make sure you have a strong justification
  • Look for funding from the institution for professional development

Joint authorship

  • Work with people you trust
  • Different abilities and willingness to write
  • Get involved in other people’s books


  • AAEE

Avenues for reaching out

  • FB: Posting invitations for workshops
  • Exec can also put things on the AAEE page
  • FOR code for engineering education research and practice – write an ARC grant towards this. New code, might not be that many applications



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