By Harry Rolf, Peter Derbyshire, and Nigel Palmer.

This article is written in response to the Australian Research Council (ARC) review of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and Engagement and Impact (EI) assessment frameworks (2020). In it we argue that the the contributions of research students (PhD and Masters by Research) in Australia should be recorded in the ERA and EI.

Unfortunately, the ERA and EI exercises do not currently identify or recognise the contributions of research students to research impact and engagement. Comprehensive linked meta-data on research student contributions would improve the usefulness of this data in…


In Policy Attitudes we are interested in examining the attitudes being positioned as policy and that inform the public discourse on national and international issues in Australia at the crossroads of policy, politics and media. It is a project inspired by our experience working in policy, communication and advocacy. This can be a hectic space and the blog is an opportunity for us to capture important issues for some deeper reflection and discussion.

So what is a policy attitude?

The significance of policy attitudes was highlighted in a lecture in 2019 by former Prime Minister of Australia the Hon Kevin Rudd AC. In the lecture Mr…

Harry Rolf

I work to translate existing knowledge into evidence-based tools, policy and techniques to improve practice, equity and advocacy for the disadvantaged.

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