The Learning Partnership International

The Learning Partnership are a group of colleagues with a passion for Learning and Teaching in Universities who are responsible for facilitating the OLT sponsored workshops on Leading and Managing Projects that resulted in this website. They are available to conduct this two day workshop for any one on request. Contact Adrian Lee at


Patrick Boyle

Patrick BoyleAfter an early background in physical measurement Patrick discovered the ‘the humanities’ and returned to university to complete honours and postgraduate degrees spanning anthropology, education and psychosocial measurement. Since 1988, he has held academic and leadership positions in universities in Australia (ANU, RMIT, UNSW), Hong Kong and the Middle East. Much of his work and scholarship in this period focused on evaluation and measurement, student assessment and the enhancement of learning and teaching. Patrick is now director of a small consulting business Q Associates which he started in 1998, and in 2007 he formed The Learning Partnership with three valued colleagues. His more recent consulting work has focused on evaluation strategy, project and program evaluation, and project design.

His professional strengths include:

  • evaluation strategy development, program and project evaluation
  • assessment of learning and capability development
  • measurement and evaluation of  performance
  • strategy development for teams and organizations
  • leadership and management development


Adrian Lee

Adrian LeeAdrian was an academic at the University of New South Wales for thirty-eight years, progressing from a lecturer teaching medical and science students to become Professor of Medical Microbiology and Head of the School of Microbiology and Immunology for nine years. During this time he acted as a consultant for the World Health Organisation in Medical Education running workshops around the world in learning and teaching for health professionals. He was also an active researcher investigating the bacterial cause of peptic ulcer disease and held NHMRC grants continuously from 1972-2003. For the six years before his retirement, Adrian was Pro Vice Chancellor (Education and Quality Improvement) at UNSW. He was an AUQA auditor having chaired the audit panels for four Australian universities and coordinated both the trial and real AUQA audit of UNSW. In 2008 he was awarded a Career Achievement Award by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council for outstanding contribution to learning and teaching recognised across the higher education sector.
Adrian can assist organisations (particularly in the Higher Education sector) in:

  • Change management
  • Leadership in Higher Education
  • Workshop and group facilitation
  • Priority setting
  • Implementation strategies to improve student learning
  • Quality Assurance for Learning and Teaching


Chris Sykes

Chris SykesChris is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management at the University of Wollongong. In his PhD dissertation and a number of earlier publications, he examined the effects of changing organisational discourse and organisational knowledge in Australian community services organizations. He held various management positions in the community sector from 1985 - 2000 and more recently managed several ALTC projects for the Australian Business Deans Council Learning and Teaching Network. He currently teaches and researches in the areas of managing change and strategy and in various aspects of organisational analysis and practice.

Recent research publications have been in the areas of:

  • Developing systemic organisational change in higher education through ALTC projects
  • Developing a methodology for dissemination of project knowledge
  • Understanding knowing and practice development in organisations
  • Action research and ethnography in organisations
  • Learning and teaching in business higher education