A new research centre at Holmesglen Institute will provide direction and support to applied research and innovation.
The Holmesglen Centre for Applied Research and Innovation was officially launched by Mary Faraone, Chief Executive of Holmesglen Institute, at a recent symposium for VET and Higher Education researchers from across Victoria.
Dr Henry Pook, interim-Director of the Holmesglen Centre for Applied Research and Innovation, was in attendance and observed that, although research is commonly associated with universities, Holmesglen Institute has been steadily building up an impressive record of applied research and innovation across a range of industries and communities. One such project is the 'South East Water Project', involving Holmesglen's plumbing department, building degree academics and South East Water.
"This new centre will provide the services needed to support applied research activity ranging from strategy, partnerships and stakeholder relationships, to research ethics and integrity and the sourcing of funding for current and proposed projects.
"It will work closely with employers, industry and professional bodies, government, and local communities across a range of research related projects and in the trialling of industry innovations," Dr Pook said.
Moreover, expanding on the importance of applied research in TAFE, Holmesglen Institute also emphasised the significance of the centre in contributing to further growth of applied research and innovation at the Institute. The aim is to "name and claim" any efforts, and show a committed effort to supporting industry and helping Australia to become a truly innovative economy.
The launch of this new centre is a further example of Holmesglen's long established tradition of partnership and collaboration with industry and community.
Photo caption: The research symposium included papers from a range of current research projects across the TAFE system. Pictured above, Dominic Hibbert, Head of Department, Plumbing and Construction Finishing, speaks about a current applied research project that involves the institute's plumbing department, building degree academics, and South East Water in the development of heating processes for harvested water for use in domestic dwellings. You can read the full article here.