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Research Partnerships

Research Connect is CQUniversity's in-house service for matching research capability and industry needs

Research Connect enables industry to connect and partner with CQUniversity researchers. We liaise with research leaders in the University's Schools and Research Institutes and Centres to help businesses and researchers find partners best-suited to developing high-value relationships.

We also liaise with campus leaders across our broad geographical footprint to develop collaboration opportunities with industry, aligned with our national profile and strong regional Queensland footprint.

Research Connect is your pathway into CQUni. It facilitates the collaboration process in an open, logical and time-driven way. Tell us about your business and your needs and we'll match you with an expert in your industry.

If you would like to make an enquiry, please contact us.

Meet Our Team
Josh AriensJosh Ariens - Coordinator, Research Partnerships

BA (UQ), BTheol (Auckland), Post-grad Dip Teach. (QUT), Level 1 Partnership Broker

Telephone: (07) 4970 7330


Josh is the Coordinator, Research Partnerships, in the Research Division at CQUniversity. Josh's chief responsibility is developing the capability of the University’s Schools and Research Institutes/Centres to engage with industry organisations in partnering for collaborative impact. Josh and the team support the strategic goals of the University by developing new business partnerships to provide research solutions and impact. Engagement with a diversity of industry stakeholders has resulted in a broad range of partnerships for CQUniversity, with effective managing of stakeholder relationships, cross-institutional collaboration and program development resulting from this work.

Josh’s previous roles within the University sector have focused on business development, including development of capture strategies and best practice in tendering. His work within the University has fostered partnerships in both education and training as well as across a wide range of research projects, accessing both private and public funding streams. Josh also brings a wealth of international experience in community development as well as targeted work as a teacher/training consultant in places as diverse as Japan, Papua New Guinea and Spain. Previously, as Program Manager locally for the federally-funded program, Communities for Children, Josh was instrumental in brokering a range of government, corporate and NGO stakeholders to commit to improving development outcomes for local children, signing the Gladstone Region Child and Family Charter. He is a Board Member for the cutting-edge local disability service provider, the Gladstone Community Linking Agency, and holds the position of secretary for the regional collective impact initiative, Every Child Central Queensland.

Josh understands the value of listening well and of strong relationships between organisations to embrace collaborative change, foster knowledge translation and create impact. He is committed to achieving mutually beneficial outcomes, specifically through open and equitable partnering processes. His experience comes from working with both senior management and at the grass-roots to promote and lead proportional, sustainable development in business and the community through the University’s key points of focus – professional education and training, research and social innovation.

Scott ThomasScott Thomas - Research Partnerships Officer

Dip PM, B InfTech, MPM, MBA

Telephone: (07) 4920 2740


Scott commenced employment with Queensland Rail in the mid 80s where he firstly served as a storeman and subsequently as a Diesel Engine fireman. He commenced his tertiary studies part-time (Bachelor of Information Technology) externally at the age of 24. Having found a penchant for software programming/engineering he fulfilled several small commercial programming contracts in his late 20s and started a small automated offsite backup service in Rockhampton in 1995.

Intending to develop his Software Engineering career, Scott moved to Sydney at the age of 30 where he initially worked in predominantly small programming teams to promote and accelerate knowledge acquisition. Four years of intensive programming roles combined with copious practical work after hours in combination with previous commercial experience, enabled him to establish a successful analyst/programming consultancy in Sydney at the age of 33.

Scott returned to Rockhampton after 8 years in Sydney whilst contracted externally to UK based SurfControl. Scott formed a partnership with SurfControl’s Australian manager to produce the national anti-spam reporting software for the Australian Federal government (department: ACMA). This company received substantial funding and morphed into US based cyber security oriented ThreatMetrix Inc. ThreatMetrix was to receive (US) $45m in venture capital in Scott’s time with the company and has received another (US) $15m since he divested and exited in 2012. ThreatMetrix was recently sold to British company Rexl for (AU) $1.01 Billion.

In 2012, Scott entered the Vocational Education space and formed a company/partnership providing cloud based automated competency assessment generation. He started teaching IT at TAFE part-time in 2013 and then migrated to CQU in 2015 where he presently utilises his part commercial expertise to facilitate and promote links to develop research partnerships between the University and industry.