SPP is a thought leader and trusted partner to higher education institutions.

The higher education landscape is transforming rapidly, with changing government policies, increasing national and international competition, an uncertain funding environment and technological advancements all impacting higher education institutions. Australian universities are faced with more and more challenges as they strive to adapt to this changing environment and define a distinct value proposition in the competitive market.

SPP has partnered with universities to deliver impact through a diverse range of projects including:

  • Course and research costing
  • Precinct development strategy
  • Campus and infrastructure planning
  • Strategic planning
  • Student experience redesign
  • Financial sustainability reviews
  • Research funding and grant support
  • Educational model reviews
  • Strategic partnership establishment
  • Business case development

SPP’s depth and breadth of experience has been formed over nearly a decade of partnering with institutions.




Education Practice Lead

Ben Apted is Senior Partner at SPP. He leads our Education practice, which is recognised as one of the leading Education consulting practices in Australia, serving University, Vocational, Schools and Government Education Department clients.  Ben is a recognised industry and innovation precinct expert having acted as Senior Advisor to State Economic Development, Federal industry, and international precincts. He has helped Universities to expand their partnerships and economic activity, and improve strategy, decision making, and operations. He has also led development of intellectual property related to industry strategy, precinct development, partnerships, as well as commercial costing and profitability within Higher Education. Ben is passionate about establishing major international partnerships across borders as a means to capitalise on Australia’s innovative capacity and capability.




Bruce has built strong expertise and connections in the Education and Government sectors. At the University of Melbourne, he held positions including Director of Strategy and Commercialisation and VP International. Bruce has also worked with other tier 1 consultancies including the Boston Consulting Group, and with Big 4 and other accounting firms. Working on commercial projects for clients, he brings an extensive knowledge of the evolving online education space; a deep understanding of innovation and commercialisation, hands-on operational expertise; a strong understanding of doing business in Asia through establishing operations in these markets; and, direct experience in the vocational education sector.

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