NiTRO Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education

research impact

Within the increasingly neo-liberalist world there is an obsession with numerical data to enable governments, businesses, NGOs and learning institutions to tell a story about value and impact of spending monies, both public and private. Such data is converted into easily communicated percentages, budget lines or graphs to demonstrate return

...when government funding has been used to found a cloistered institution, as in the case of academic research, and this is overlaid with a thick coating of market logic, at some point someone will ask, ‘what are you actually doing over there?’

By Professor Su Baker, President, Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts — Engaged Research and Teaching in the Creative Arts? The answer is ‘yes'. But the extent to which creative arts research engages already but is not included in the innovation agenda is something that we need to consider.