The department has released the first year (2018) of data on the level of engagement by PhD and Research Masters students with businesses and other end-users of research. This new data collection responds to Action Item 2.4 of the Research Training Implementation Plan, which called on the department to establish baseline data on internships and other collaboration.
Data for 2018 shows the number of research students undertaking internships and/or receiving joint supervision by both an academic member of staff and an employee of a business or other end-user organisation.
Preliminary data also shows the number of research students receiving funding by businesses or other research end-users to undertake their course, undertaking formal training on engagement and undertaking other commercialisation and engagement activities. Full data for these types of engagement will be available next year when all higher education providers are required to report data.
End user engagement data for higher degree by research students is available at Table 2.12 of the 2018 Student summary tables and is part of the broader collection of the department’s higher education student data collection.