Current Events

AIR Forum

30 May - 2 June 2017

Washington, DC

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR), is pleased to announce that the Call for Proposals is now open for the 2017 Forum to be held May 30-June 2 in Washington, DC.

Present at the 2017 Forum and be a part of the conversation about the future of IR. AIR’s annual conference is the must-attend event to reach the largest IR, IE, and assessment audience in the world.

The Forum offers:

  • The World's Largest Gathering of IR Professionals. In 2016, more than 2,000 higher education professionals attended the AIR Forum.
  • An Audience Ready to Learn. 92 percent of participants who completed an evaluation indicated that they learned something they can directly apply to their work. Education was listed as the primary motivator for attending the Forum.
  • Presentation Flexibility. With a wide variety of formats to choose from, including speaker sessions, panels, discussion groups, posters, as well as pre-conference workshops, there is sure to be a combination of format and topic that is a good fit for you.

But, don’t delay - the deadline for both conference and workshop proposal submissions is October 16, 2016 at 11:59 PM EDT. You do not need to be a current AIR member to submit a proposal, but you must purchase 2017-2018 membership to attend the conference.

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8 to 9 June

EduTECH is the LARGEST education event in Asia-Pacific and in the Southern Hemisphere, consisting of 1 large exhibition with 8 parallel conferences, and 8 pre-event masterclasses.



12 to 14 June, Congress Centre, London

Join EduData Summit on the 12th and 13th June in London to examine how universities are using the data at their disposal to transform their institutions. A QS Rankings MasterClass will be held on June 14th for those interested in learning how rankings are compiled. 



Budgeting & Financial Management for Tertiary Education Managers
15 & 16 June 2017

This program will explore:

  • overview of tertiary education finances;
  • overview of finance as a discipline;
  • key revenue and cost drivers in the education sector;
  • the interaction between strategy and finance;
  • cost allocation methods;
  • how fixed and variable costs considerations help to cope with uncertainty;
  • different budgetary techniques;
  • key financial performance indicators for this sector;
  • alternative capital budgeting techniques;
  • performance reporting systems: linking finance with strategy; and
  • understanding financial statements.

Learning outcomes

Participants will gain a practical understanding:

  • of the role of financial functions in the education sector;
  • how to enhance their revenues, how to allocate and control costs;
  • the development of relevant financial indicators;
  • how to determine the financial feasibility of academic programs; and
  • the importance and relevance of annual reports

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26th National VET Research Conference

5 to 7 July, Hobart

Register now for the 26th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’, to be held 5–7 July 2017, at TasTAFE Drysdale Campus in Hobart, Tasmania.

Join the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) for an exciting program, featuring over 50 presentation and poster sessions addressing the theme Skilling for tomorrow.

'No Frills' is a well-known annual national conference where researchers and those engaged in the VET industry come together to discuss key issues, and network in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.


Tertiary Education Management online graduate courses

Next semester starts: 10 July 2017
Applications close: 28 May 2017

General information:

Individual courses include:


External Quality Assurance

17 July - 10 September 2017

Subject overview
This subject covers key elements of international approaches to Quality Assurance in tertiary education. These include:

  • Quality Assurance for higher education;
  • External Quality Assurance roles and responsibilities;
  • Networks of external Quality Assurance agencies;
  • Standards applied by external Quality Assurance agencies;
  • Emerging challenges for external Quality Assurance agencies.



26-27 July 2017

It is with great pleasure that the local organising committee and the Australian Association for Institutional Research (AAIR) invite you to the 2017 AAIR Special Interest Group (SIG) Forum in Sydney. This year’s theme is Creating Connections & Exploring Possibilities.

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Bluenotes Americas 2017

1-4 August

The Bluenotes group is comprised of both current and potential Blue users where they connect, share expertise and learn from one another. This collaboration creates a stronger network, a better Blue and an elevated learning experience for all. Bluenotes is institution-led and the group hosts three annual user conferences: Asia-Pacific (Bluenotes APAC), Americas (Bluenotes Americas) and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (Bluenotes EMEA). More information , including the conference registration page, can be found at

We have over $64,500 in door prizes will be awarded at the conference. All conference attendees will be automatically entered to win one of these 15 valuable prizes.

  • Free Blue Certification Camp registration valued at $3,000 (3 chances to win)
  • $10,000 DIG credit (1 chance to win)
  • $10,000 Bluepulse credit (1 chance to win)
  • $10,000 BlueX credit (1 chance to win)
  • Free Blue Certification Audit packages valued at $2,500 (5 chances to win)
  • Free Blue APAC attendance valued at $5,000 (1 chance to win)
  • Free Blue EMEA attendance valued at $5,000 (1 chance to win)
  • Free Blue Passport* for a year valued at $1,650 (2 chances to win)

*Blue Passport includes: Free access to all Bluenotes User Conferences, globally
Free access to all Blue administrator trainings
Access to the Blue Beta Program
Travel expenses (where applicable) are not included
Training programs have limited enrollments; advance registration in sessions is necessary


SEAAIR 2017: The 17th Annual Conference

6 to 8 Sepember

PSB Academy, Singapore

Theme: ASEAN Higher Education at the Crossroad: Challenges, Changes, Capacities, and Capabilities

From networking with peers to presentation sessions by leading experts in the field, the annual conference is the must attend event for academics, educators, researchers and practitioners in higher education. For more information about this conference, please visit:


Tertiary Education Management Conference (TEMC)

17 - 20 September, Melbourne

Call for abstracts and registration will open by November 2016.

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Australasian Research Management Society Conference 2017
26-29 September

Wellington, New Zealand

Invitation to Attend

Kia Ora!

We welcome you to the 18th Australasian Research Management Society Conference 2017 to be held in Wellington, New Zealand. Our society of over 2100 members promotes an internationally-connected community of research managers and administrators who operate at the highest standards to support and enhance the global delivery of research excellence. The conference will feature internationally renowned key note speakers, oral and poster presentations, industry exhibitions, collaboration meetings, and professional development workshops of significance to this global profession. We will also make time to celebrate and develop new friendships and encourage satellite meetings aligned with ARMS 2017.

Our conference is deeply embedded in public research policy and the Honourable Steven Joyce, says: “As the Minister of Science and Innovation, I am writing to express my support for the 2017 Australasian Research Management Society Conference to be held in New Zealand.” The conference’s theme Funding Research: Drawing on the Power of Collaboration will explore opportunities to bring together professionals in research organisations and funding bodies to create greater efficiencies in the wider management of research and its funding.

The Mayor of Wellington City, Celia Wade-Brown, recently said: “As the capital of New Zealand, Wellington is the ideal place to hold this conference. … As a compact, cosmopolitan city there are many exciting attractions and activities in Wellington. We are well-known for the wildlife sanctuary at Zealandia, the Botanic Gardens and the Waterfront which is a popular spot for running, walking, cycling, roller blading and other activities.”

The venue for the conference will be the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa – located at the stunning Waterfront – within walking distance to accommodation, and all major social events aligned with the conference, allowing calm and recuperation during an action packed and intellectually stimulating conference.

The New Zealand and Pacific Chapter of the Australasian Research Management Society is thrilled to host the conference in Wellington as the seat of public research funding agencies, research providers, and as a hub of cultural and outdoor activities.

We are looking forward to welcoming you with ‘Haere mai!’ to Wellington in September 2017!

Dr Chris Kroger and Ms Jayne McQueen
Conveners, ARMS 2017

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AAIR Forum


Dates to be confirmed.


TEQSA Conference 2017 & HECQ Forum

29 November to 1 December


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