Research award for Massey staff member

Malcolm Rees

Massey University Student Survey and Evaluation Unit manager Malcolm Rees has been presented with this year’s Australian Association of Institutional Research Award at the associations conference, held last month in Melbourne.

Malcom’s contribution to the association were recognised earlier this year by association president Kathie Rabel, who noted Mr Rees had made a strong contribution over the years by making presentations and organising events.

“His contribution added a different perspective from his work-related roles in student surveys and evaluation and he also added a stronger New Zealand viewpoint to what was being discussed.”

Mr Rees’ presentation at this year’s conference focused on the benefits of using qualitative research particularly in the field of work-integrated learning.

His prize will enable him to attend the international association's annual conference, which will be held next May in Denver and is the world’s largest gathering of higher education professionals working in institutional research, effectiveness, assessment, planning, and related post-secondary education fields. The four-day conference includes more than 300 presentations by colleagues representing all sectors of higher education.

The Australian association is the professional association for institutional research practitioners in higher education in Australasia. Institutional research is viewed as a range of activities involving the collection, analysis and interpretation of information descriptive of an institution and its activities, including its students and staff, programs, management and operations. The findings of research assist institutional leaders by informing their planning and decision-making.

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