Grant or award application needing to pack a punch? Languishing project your team just can’t get finished? Scholarship of teaching and learning goals still out of reach?

Dr Tilly Hinton brings almost fifteen years of experience to the table, with nationally-recognised leadership in research impact, grants and awards development, events strategy and facilitation.

You can read more about Tilly, explore testimonials from colleagues, find resources, and get in touch to plan how Abound Consulting can enrich what you’re doing with learning and teaching.

About Tilly Hinton

Dr Tilly Hinton is a higher education consultant, specialising in grants and awards strategy and development. Tilly is an adept researcher, having spent more than a decade working in higher education management, research and policy. Her work has attracted recognition through nationally-funded grant projects focussed on improving dissemination and impact in scholarship of learning and teaching research. The scope of her work has spanned education, management, leadership, writing, editing, research project management, and policy advice.

Tilly has established a national profile in the scholarship of learning and teaching, and as an independent consultant since 2014 she has worked with clients including the Commonwealth Government, Central Queensland University, Monash University, Newcastle University, University of Bath, Keele University, RMIT University, Curtin University, the University of New South Wales, the University of the Sunshine Coast, and the University of Queensland.

Her model for research impact, the Impact Management Planning and Evaluation Ladder (IMPEL) was adopted by the peak Australian learning and teaching funding body, the Office for Learning and Teaching, in 2014 as a core requirement for all grant-funded projects, underpinning more than $14.7 million of research and development activity in the Australian sector.

Tilly is an accomplished facilitator, grant and award strategist, events mastermind, writer and sounding board for all things learning and teaching.

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  • “This was one of the best workshops I have ever been to […] I walked away feeling inspired and excited about my project and writing my grant application.” (Newcastle 2014)
  • “She is a master of her topic.” (RMIT 2015)
  • “Well done with your input and presentation. You are a stunning choice for a secondment with OLT!” (Co-leader of a nationally-funded learning and teaching network, 2012)
  • “There is an elegance about her work which comes from a sound knowledge base and the capacity and confidence to connect people and resources related to key issues in the sector.” (Christine Grimmer, Manager, Teaching Quality Enhancement, Griffith University, 2012)
  • “The cleverness of what Tilly achieved was that the unit can perform this strategic function and still be treated by staff as a real support in their struggles with improving the student learning experience.” (Don Maconachie, Director, Executive Projects Unit, Office of the Vice-Chancellor, University of the Sunshine Coast, 2012)
  • “The organisation of Learning and Teaching Week was flawless, and I’d particularly like to highlight the key role played by Tilly Hinton in this regard.” (Professor Birgit Lohmann, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, 2011)
  • “You have driven USC’s engagement with the ALTC at all levels, not just the promoting excellence program… And a particularly big thank you for all your help and support personally over the past few years.” (A/Prof Stephen Lamble, Head of the School of Communication, 2009)
  • “You should be proud. It [Sessional Staff Development Day] was a great day. You designed a genuinely collegial atmosphere and plenty of opportunity for frank discussions and feedback.” (Dr Phillip Ablett, Lecturer in Sociology, 2009)
  • “Thankyou very much for your extensive feedback on this program and its associated courses.  The time you have spent and your extremely valuable input are very much appreciated!” (Dr Lesley Brooker, Learning and Teaching Coordinator, Faculty of Science, Health and Education, 2008)
  • “Tilly’s expertise, professionalism and straight out hard work were of great value.” (A/Prof Joanne Scott, Chair, Learning and Teaching Management Committee, 2008)
  • “Tilly Hinton is a warm, efficient and generous colleague who is dedicated to her job and to maintaining the highest of professional and personal standards. It is always a pleasure to work with Tilly; her kindness, patience and knowledge make her a remarkable asset to the institution.” (Dr Karen Brooks, ALTC Citation Recipient, 2006)
  • “I must formally thank Tilly Hinton for her support through this process. Her calmness, efficiency, knowledge of issues, tact, insight and kindness have both humbled and impressed me. The quality of this review has certainly been enhanced significantly by her involvement.” (Dr Duncan Nulty, External Review of USC Core Courses, 2005)


If you have a grant, award, project, event, or stretch goal needing some extra attention and expertise, let’s have a strategic conversation about how Abound Consulting may be part of your success.

Ph: +61403988132
Email: tilly@aboundconsulting.com.au