Engagement and Impact in Education Research

Keynote Overview

Education research has a history of engaging with stakeholders and making a difference in the lives of students, teachers, school leaders and families. This presentation will consider how education researchers can improve collaboration with end users and translate knowledge for greater impact, beyond academia. Education researchers will consider how to plan for wider benefits in impact and engagement and how to report on research impact and engagement in the future. This presentation will be a combination of listening, learning and interaction, so please bring your ideas about current and future research projects to the session.


Keynote Presenter: Professor Suzanne Carrington
Assistant Dean, Research
Office of Education Research | Faculty of Education, QUT

Suzanne has an international reputation in inclusive education and disability and experience in leading and contributing to a range of competitive national/international research grants and development projects. Suzanne has been a Head of School at QUT for 10 years and is now Assistant Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia.

Suzanne is currently Program 2 Director: Enhancing Learning and Teaching of the Autism Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) (2012-2021) and leads research teams in QLD, NSW, Vic, WA investigating Autism appropriate educational environments and programs that optimise students’ social, behavioural/academic success. She manages a team of cross disciplinary researchers in a range of end user organisations who research relationships between child cognition, language/behavioural characteristics and intervention type and educational/social outcomes. The Autism CRC program of research involves interdisciplinary partnerships with health researchers, STEM - including computing software, and the arts including design and architecture, creating innovative multi - media presentations for knowledge translation and enhancing school culture. She has engaged in research to inform policy and practice in Australian and international education contexts, more recently extending this research to the South Pacific and Asia. She has broad knowledge of education research, and her publication list provides evidence of extensive collaboration with education and health researchers. She has been awarded over $3 million in competitive research funding (NHMRC; ARC; Australian Awards [ADRAS]; Australian Cooperative Research Centre; European Union Executive Agency) and is currently the Program Director of Enhancing Learning and Teaching for the Autism CRC. The Autism CRC is the first CRC with a strong focus on education and has over $110 Million of funding (cash and in-kind) over 8 years.

Her publications are available here.

This event is free. Register at Eventbrite.

For further information about the keynote series please contact Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie at acutterm@scu.edu.au or on 0418 801 893.

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Date and time

From: 03:30 PM Tuesday, March 20, 2018 To: 05:00 PM Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Room B5.40 (Video Conferenced to Lismore R1.06 and Coffs Harbour A1.20)
Gold Coast campus,
Southern Cross University Drive
Bilinga, QLD 4225