What’s important and why? Research is the key to understanding and improving our world at large.
Building a culture of research and scholarshipWe aim to build a pervasive research culture in which diverse scholarly activities take place. Our organisational practice values research and provides a supportive context for research productivity. We recognise the role of institutional practices in building a strong research culture and continue to develop our institutional capabilities including research policies, appropriate resources, research training, research discussions and research leadership. We establish strong global partnerships, supported by Torrens University Australia as one of the 80 institutions in the Laureate International Universities network. We build and foster world-class research that is targeted to the needs of our stakeholders. Our culture is based on strong ethical standards and we abide by the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.
HIGHER DEGREE STUDENTSTorrens University Australia offers higher degree research courses including Masters (MPhil) and PhD. We build pathways for students to progress to higher degrees. We aim to instil aspirations to undertake research by providing high-quality learning environments, introducing knowledge of leading research paradigms, providing quality supervision, building academic skills and fostering an encouraging environment to enable students to finish their dissertations. We recognise the importance of research training to the future of our nation and encourage potential students to enrol in higher degrees through financial supports offered via selected scholarships.
DEVELOPING RESEARCH CAPABILITIESWe take a strengths-based approach, value our staff research and institutional frameworks while continually improving our institutional and staff research capabilities. A range of practices including development of appropriate policies, professional staff development and mentoring activities are undertaken on an ongoing basis. We support our academic staff to gain higher degrees, particularly PhDs.
KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER AND COMMUNICATION OF RESEARCHOur research aims to make a difference, bringing cutting-edge solutions to key problems and issues. For this reason, we aim to make our research relevant and communicate findings that can encourage critical thinking, stimulate ideas, guide policy and practice, foster public debate, and build capacity and skills.
Approach and direction
Torrens looks at all issues from a global perspective a means to affect local change.
RESEARCH APPROACHThere are many local, national and global challenges facing our world. These challenges require creativity, cutting-edge ideas, new thinking, collaboration and innovation. Our research philosophy stems from ‘engaged scholarship’, which means our research utilises an applied, practice-informed approach. Starting with the needs of industry, community, professional bodies, government and other stakeholders in Australia and overseas, we engage them in the research process as collaborators, partners, end users and advisors.
RESEARCH DIRECTIONSOur research directions are both disciplinary and multi/inter-disciplinary, deriving from our current strengths and including (but are not limited to):
- Scholarship of teaching and learning
- Governance and public policy
- Social justice, health and wellbeing
- Business, industry and entrepreneurship
- Education leadership
Higher degree research
Want to take your postgraduate studies to the next level? Develop your own research topic under Torrens’ guidance.Torrens University Australia is committed to providing high quality and relevant research training for the next generation of researchers and high-performing professionals in Australia and beyond. As a Torrens research student, you will learn in an environment characterised by collegiate relationships with your research supervisors, your peers and other academic staff. Our academic and higher degree student researchers are currently working on projects in various areas including:
- Academic leadership in virtual environments.
- Developing students' employability skills.
- Cross-cultural literacies.
- Interactive learning experiences and pedagogies.
- The experience of PhD students.
- Isomorphic change in local government service delivery.
- The political economy of skilled migration.
- The meaning of sport in a technological age.
- Frailty in the ageing process.
- Clinical planning for end-of-life care.