The Flinders Discovery Institute enables
Flinders Anglican College to build a strong culture of collaboration and innovation with leading innovators, tertiary educators and researchers.

The Institute will share research initiatives, insights and data to enhance policy and practice within and beyond Flinders.

Learn more about the Flinders Discovery Institute from Dr Louise McCuaig, Head of the Institute.


The Institute enables the College to provide resources to devise, nurture and scale innovative responses to life and learning challenges.

Strategies to drive innovation include:

  • collaborating with experts
  • facilitating immersion programs and residencies for researchers and PhD scholars  
  • summarising contemporary research and findings 
  • promoting think-tanks and blue-sky workshops.

Current Innovation Projects at Flinders

  • Student motivation and engagement
  • Year to RISE (Year 9 curriculum)
  • English - Excellence in Writing Skills Project
  • Science - Metacognition in Science education
  • Health and Physical Education - Pain Education in Schools
  • Design and Technologies: Pathways to manufacturing excellence in Australia with the Flinders conference


Research projects conducted through the Flinders Discovery Institute aim to achieve three objectives:

  1. Generate robust and valid evidence detailing the impact of innovative programs and projects implemented at Flinders
  2. Provide new knowledge, skills and expertise about hot topics and contemporary issues underpinning research projects
  3. Embrace opportunities to inform policy and practice in Australian schools and schooling.

Current Research Projects at Flinders

Year to RISE Program: Understanding Student Engagement (2023 - 2025)

Research Team: Australian Catholic University - Institute for Positive Psychology and Education

Lead Researcher: Professor Johnmarshall Reeve

Impact of curriculum innovation on the learning wellbeing of middle years students (2023 - 2024)

Research Team: University of Sunshine Coast - LAUNCH Grant

Lead Researcher: Professor Merrilyn Goos

Teacher-led pain science education in schools (2023 - Secondary Health and Physical Education Department Initiative)

Doctoral Study: Mrs Rebecca Fechner, Paediatric Physiotherapist and University of Technology, Sydney Doctoral Student

Supervisor: Dr Joshua Pate - Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy and Pain Researcher at University of Technology, Sydney

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For more information, contact the Head of the Flinders Discovery Institute, Dr Louise McCuaig via email

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