Innovation spaces at Monash University

The Innovation Studio is a purpose designed building in which staff and students may work together to design and develop innovative products and services for the university.

It is used by eSolutions and the Education Innovation Group with student innovators. Ashley Keleher was the driving force behind setting up the studio. Pasquale Stella (Senior UX Designer & Innovation Studio Manager, Digital Transformation Group) now manages the studio.

They have a focus on developing excellent student services. This set of principles is at the heart of Monash approach. They are clearly displayed in many prominent locations, in physical space and online:

Student experience design principles
We have a student-centred approach that fits student need.
Our processes are simple, consistent, intuitive and efficient.
We proactively foster student communities, capability and success.
Our services are available anytime, anywhere, on any device.
We monitor and manage our services.

The studio itself is well designed as a base for innovation projects. There are a mix of formal and informal working areas, videoconferencing, lots of writable surfaces, equipment that can be used by projects in the studio, and areas that can be reconfigured for prototyping activities. The long high table is especially useful for storyboarding. A HTC Vive VR kit is permanently set up.

The Monash Generator is an initiative designed to support student enterprise projects. They have a programme of 3 day Generator events, ongoing support, and work areas available for projects to use. This includes Monash alumni as well as current students. We met Helena Fern, Program Manager at the Generator.