Research, education and training​

The research, education and training sector is critical to the growth and development of people, industries and economies.
Knowledge is power

Australia’s research, education and training sector has an international reputation for excellence. As Australia’s third largest export, it plays a major role in the growth and sustainability of the country. From the professionals who lead our most esteemed institutes to those undertaking groundbreaking research in science and technology, each component of this dynamic sector plays a crucial role in Australia’s knowledge economy.

The sector is not without its challenges. Education bodies face pressure to deliver quality outcomes for increasingly demanding stakeholders and students amid a highly regulated and often politicised environment where funding can be constrained. As one of the world’s most popular destinations for international students, this sector is also vulnerable to the disruption of global events.

Fostering a bright future

All types of education, research and training institutions benefit from specialist advice to help them navigate strategic and operational complexities, including:

  • Independent schools and colleges
  • Public schools
  • Higher education institutions, including universities and TAFEs
  • Registered training organisations
  • Private teaching organisations
  • Research institutes
  • Local, state and national education bodies

The best research, education and training institutions look broadly for inspiration to remain relevant and viable, adopting best practice from corporates and innovative startups. As this dynamic sector undergoes continual evolution, the challenges and opportunities evolve alongside it.

Challenges

In an environment increasingly exposed to risk, new regulations are necessary yet can be onerous to navigate. Meanwhile, demands for increasing transparency and accountability place the sector under the media spotlight and add additional pressure for boards and leadership teams. Funding also remains a complex challenge for this sector and institutions must balance organisational demands and student outcomes with financial stability and growth.

Opportunities

New insights from data and analytics help to implement business improvements at the strategic and organisational level. Similarly, the rise in and adoption of new technology has transformed how, when and where education is delivered while allowing research organisations to expand their capabilities. As teaching and learning have become intrinsically linked with ‘employability’, institutions in this sector must continually refine their pedagogy to suit these new objectives and embrace opportunities for industry partnerships and transformative real-world learning projects.

Your partner in education

Having worked with over 300 schools and colleges throughout Australia, as well as numerous local government bodies, Pitcher Partners has a deep understanding of the complexities involved in managing organisations in the research, education and training sector. Our team keeps abreast of the sector’s changing policy agendas and the foreseeable challenges that you may face, especially with regard to school funding and responsive business models.

We help ensure enduring value and sustainability in your operations. We prepare you for the present, alert you to opportunities and assist in identifying and mitigating potential risks. With a range of expertise including data analytics, procurement, and outsourced HR and CFO, Pitcher Partners offer a suite of services matched to your diverse needs.

Our experts

Andrew Faulkner

Andrew Faulkner

Principal Adelaide
Dan Colwell

Dan Colwell

Partner Brisbane
David Knowles

David Knowles

Partner Melbourne
Scott Edden

Scott Edden

Partner Newcastle and Hunter
Daniel Bredenkamp

Daniel Bredenkamp

Executive Director Perth
Melissa Alexander

Melissa Alexander

Partner Sydney
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