With Distinction was established in 2018. We support researchers developing project proposals and grant applications; undertake contract research and data analysis; develop and implement project evaluations; write, edit and proofread research and academic materials; support job searchers through applications, interviews and career planning; support universities in ERA/EI preparation and submission; and provide external assessment, review and national benchmarking of academic and research training, integrity, performance and strategy.

Dr Gayle Smythe (BSc(Hons), PhD) has training, research and teaching experience in human anatomy, physiology, histology, cell biology, and health research capacity building and evaluation. She has held senior university positions including Head of School/Department, and Associate Dean (Research). She is highly experienced in university and research administration, management, governance and compliance. She has produced executive level university reports on research quality, training, integrity, engagement and impact, managed recruitment to over 50 academic, research and professional positions, developed and implemented research strategic plans, and provided proofreading/editing services, grant application review and critique, and support on academic and research job applications. Read Gayle’s full bio here.

Dr Gary Luck (BApplSci(Hons), PhD) has an outstanding international research track record in ecosystem services, relationships between socio-economics and biodiversity conservation, and conservation and landscape ecology of vertebrate fauna. As a Professor (and subsequently Adjunct Professor) of Ecology and Interdisciplinary Science he led research with other ecologists, social researchers, psychologists, landholders, commercial primary producers, and local, state and federal government agencies. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and attracted over $5M in research funding. He has supervised and mentored Honours, Masters, Doctoral and Postdoctoral researchers, held senior professorial positions, and led interdisciplinary research teams. As the university Head of Research Professional Development Programs (2014-2017), he advised and supported research staff through developing proposals, papers and grant applications, designed and delivered the My Research Career professional development program, and provided individual research career mentoring and tutoring to early career and mid-career researchers. Read Gary’s full bio here.

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