Double platinum for industry-leading partnership

Professor Mark Brimble, Head of Finance and Financial Planning at Griffith Business School

An Australian-first partnership between Griffith Business School and AMP has been awarded double platinum at the 2017 LearnX Impact Awards.

The platinum status, which is the highest achievable level, was awarded in the Best Talent Partnership category for the AMP/Griffith partnership and the Best Bespoke/Custom for the AMP Adviser Academy collaboration. AMP also won Platinum in a third category, the Best Future of Learning Project, for the AMP University Challenge.

“This is an excellent example of a true partnership based on shared values and expertise to deliver great outcomes for students across a range of platforms,” said Professor Mark Brimble, Head of Finance and Financial Planning at Griffith Business School.

“It shows that quality industry and university relationships can enhance value for all stakeholders — and it’s a partnership approach we’d strongly endorse.”

“We are very proud of this recognition. It’s great to have external acknowledgment for the hard work and effort of so many people within both organisations,” said Louise Trevaskis, Academy and Education Manager for AMP’s advice business.

The industry-leading partnership between Griffith Business School and AMP has been developed over a decade, contributing to the national agenda by increasing standards of education for financial advisers and leading the charge in University-Financial Services collaboration.

“Financial planning is increasingly important, as Australians try to navigate issues around cost of living, self-funded retirement, financial literacy and more,” said Professor Brimble.

“It’s an industry where high professional standards are seen as necessary to lift the overall quality of advice across the industry, hence the establishment of the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) earlier this year.

“This partnership is a great example of how two leading academic and industry players have collaborated to address community expectations about quality advice, with up to 130 highly-trained advisers graduating each year, and with capacity for this number to grow.”

Louise Trevaskis said AMP is committed to high professional standards in financial advice and the partnership with Griffith Business School has enabled them to recruit even more to join the profession, thanks to the flexible and work integrated learning solution.

“We’ve expanded the number of Academy intakes each year to six and we’re offering AMP advisers the opportunity to gain the Master of Financial Planning qualification.”

Professor David Grant, Pro Vice Chancellor (Business) at Griffith said the partnership highlights Griffith’s commitment to producing quality student outcomes.

“It also underscores what can be achieved when Business Schools and industry work together to enhance the professional educational experience.”

Entrants in the 2017 LearnX Impact Awards were asked to demonstrate their X Factor to judges.