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FPA announces academic research grants

The Financial Planning Association has announced the winners of the two inaugural Financial Planning Education Council (FPEC) research grants.

The grants – a joint initiative of the FPA and Kaplan Professional – were awarded to a team from Griffith University and a consortium of academics working on a ‘financial planning value proposition’ project.

The Griffith team is led by Ms Julie Knutsen, along with Professor Mark Brimble and Dr Robyn Cameron, while the consortium is co-led by Dr Brimble as well as Lujer Santacruz of the University of Southern Queensland and Dr John Teale of the University of New England.

“Academic research in financial planning is essential for underpinning the growth of financial planning as a profession. FPEC acknowledges the sponsorship of both the Financial Planning Association and Kaplan Professional in making this scheme possible,” FPEC grant standing committee chair Sharon Taylor said.

FPA chief executive Mark Rantall said he was proud to announce the recipients, adding that “education is key to ensuring a strong future for the financial planning profession”.

“An approved degree is a requirement for all new practitioner members of the profession and as such, support for academics is essential,” Mr Rantall said.

“The FPEC Grants Scheme is just another way we can ensure that we develop strong and lasting relationships between the tertiary sector and the profession.”