What our clients say about us



I would highly recommend Outside Opinion to anyone seeking informed, high level expertise about research strategy and mentoring. The team is made up of some of Australia’s most respected and experienced thinkers, they are remarkably efficient, and the researchers in my Faculty tell me that the support they have received is not only incisive and helpful, but also generous and supportive.
— Professor Alan McKee, Associate Dean Research and Development, University of Technology Sydney

Consultation with Outside Opinion provided a level of expert and impartial advice that surpassed what is possible to solicit from busy colleagues. Their insights, generosity and coherent suggestions allowed me to consider new perspectives and adjust my writing to better communicate key ideas.
— Professor Katrina Skewes McFerran, Professor, Music Therapy, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne

I have greatly valued the contribution Outside Opinion has made to researcher development work in the Faculty of Education and Arts. You are second to none in terms of the depth and breadth of knowledge of the humanities, social science, education and creative industries. I have especially appreciated your ability to range from advising committees though to one on one mentoring with academic staff. We’re looking forward to continuing our association with you.
— Catherine Oddie, Faculty Research Development Manager, the University of Newcastle

Outside Opinion provides us with clarity on the strengths and weaknesses of our applications. Their comments on early drafts allow us to clarify key concepts, which then provides a strong foundation for the application. They engage with the applicant, whether they are a novice or very experienced, to help to produce the strongest application possible.
— Jonathan O'Donnell, Senior Advisor, Research Grant Development, College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University.

The detailed feedback provided by Denise Meredyth of Outside Opinion was instrumental in turning my DECRA project description from a series of exciting ideas and enthusiasms into a solid project plan with specific, achievable and impactful tasks, outputs and timeline. She was able to provide deeply specific advice despite the complicated interdisciplinary nexus I was working in and in which she had no personal disciplinary expertise, and reveal ways to link up elements strategically.
— Dr Tully Barnet ARC DECRA Research Fellow, Laboratory Adelaide: The Value of Culture, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University

Denise provided a strategic and incisive review of our successful ARC Linkage application. Her supportive and constructive comments headed off potential criticisms from reviewers, and helped ensure the grant’s success. I thoroughly recommend her services for any potential venture.
— Associate Professor Yolande Strengers, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University

Working with Outside Opinion has been very rewarding. The team of highly experienced people who have worked in and across the higher education sector has huge credibility. With insight into not only the trends and forces shaping universities and their futures, but also the mechanics of universities as organisations, with layered hierarchies and specific politics, this group can help university leaders navigate, innovate and excite new ideas and deliver on plans. My experience of working with Outside Opinion has been collaborative and creative. The engagement is respectful, thoughtful, and always generous, but also challenging at the right moments. Denise Meredyth and team have delivered on discrete projects such as supporting the leadership development of an academic executive, future strategic planning, work integrated learning and industry engagement, and innovation following an external curriculum review. They know their landscape – and are experts in crafting a fresh, dynamic opinion.
— Professor Catharine Coleborne, Head of School of Humanities and Social Science/Dean of Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle.