Employer-sponsored IDP candidate
Colonial First State
CFS is an employer of choice and, as such, they’re strong advocates of employee development. Having me participate in the IDP at the UTS allows me to develop my researcher and analytics skill whilst also looking to solve a challenge for our business.
My research looks at how new technologies and approaches might improve retirement outcomes. Specifically, I’m interested in how investors’ engagement with their superannuation can be quantified using data mining, instead of relying on anecdotal evidence. This is important because existing research already highlights correlation between low engagement and poor retirement outcomes.
IDP research is different to the research I would be able to conduct on my own. For instance, I can access data and customers that other researchers can’t. It also allows me to join my professional career with my education for personal development.
The IDP has allowed me to really focus on solution for industry. I know that the research I’m conducting will be used to make a difference in the Australian community.
Research profile: Eprep
For PhD student Karen Duong, the UTS Industry Doctorate Program is providing hands-on experience with industry throughout her degree.
A student in the UTS School of Chemistry and Forensic Science, Karen has been paired with Eprep, a laboratory equipment supplier based in Melbourne. Her PhD has been designed to help Eprep solve a key business problem: developing a series of customisable processes for an automated sample preparation robot that the company is preparing for market.
"Being a part of an industry partnered project gives you more opportunity after your PhD. You get to experience what it would be like to work in industry, and so that should provide you additional skills to get a job,” Duong says.
“Networking is another benefit – you meet a lot of people as well.”
For a small company like Eprep, engaging with UTS in a doctoral partnership provides them with access to cost-effective research expertise, as well as to UTS equipment and facilities.
“Although this is very new development work, it really lends itself to a PhD, because at the end of it, it’s actually a very unique output. From our point of view, if it all fits together and works, it’s got very good commercial value as well,” says Andrew Minett, Eprep’s General Manager.
But the benefits don’t stop there: according to Professor Philip Doble, a leading researcher in the UTS Faculty of Science and the PhD project supervisor, the IDP offers extensive opportunities beyond the research outcomes themselves.
“Eprep is able to tap into our analytical chemistry expertise, which aids in product and application development. They can also access allied technologies at UTS such as high-end mass spectrometers, state-of-the-art analytical tools, and UTS facilities for product marketing, proof of concept customer demonstrations, and user group meetings,” he says.
“From our perspective, we also benefit enormously from performing industry-specific research, as it enables us to remain relevant and responsive to changing industry needs.”