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A partnership with Campus Travel provides more than just a travel booking service

Around the country, our university's best and brightest thinkers work tirelessly as they seek to uncover new ideas, data, results and the right partnerships required to succeed. For many academics and researchers, this quest for answers often takes them overseas to collaborate with their international colleagues. Campus Travel has been helping the academic community connect brilliance across borders for over 15 years. Our consultants realise that when they’re booking travel for our customers, it’s not for a holiday – this is travel that could lead to a global medical or scientific breakthrough.

The reasons why our clients are travelling was the inspiration behind our hugely popular 'Travel Grant Series' that requires our academic customers to apply for a grant to cover the cost of their airfares and accommodation. The travel must support the further development of their work or research. During the past four years, we’ve received thousands of applications covering a vast array of research projects and educational initiatives. With many university students or employees looking to further their academic pursuits internationally, the grant funding is highly sought after for use on academic travel.

Campus Travel is currently the only travel provider in the academic travel sector engaging with universities and schools in this manner.

General Manager for Campus Travel, Cathryn Cole, said this was just one of the ways the Campus business was trying to provide more value to its customers and the academic sector as a whole.

“The Travel Grant Series is about giving back to the academic sector and broadening the traditional client/supplier partnership to include more meaningful engagement opportunities for our customers and our own staff,” she said.

“So far we have sent four people overseas as part of the Travel Grant series and along the way our business has learnt about the thousands of projects and initiatives that are underway in the academic sector. It’s inspiring, rewarding and an honour to be a part of.”

Ms Cole said that one of the biggest advantages for Campus Travel’s clients was that Campus provided academic organisations with unique opportunities that were not available from other travel companies.

“Campus Travel is in the unique position of being part of the Flight Centre Travel Group. The access to the range of more than 35 travel, retail, wholesale and corporate businesses that fall under the Flight Centre Group umbrella is quite special,” Ms Cole said.

Campus Travel has always played a very active role in supporting the academic community and over the years has introduced many business exclusive opportunities to the academic travel market:

  • Travel Grant Series: in 2017 this $6,000 travel grant campaign focused on women working in STEM fields.
  • Think Tank: a forum for university procurement and finance managers to discuss relevant topics, challenges and successes specific to the university market
  • CFO dinner Series: A national roadshow of dinner events for university CFOs to network with their industry colleagues
  • FCTG Graduate Program: offered through our parent company Flight Centre Travel Group, this program gives university graduates the skills they need to successfully run a travel business.
  • Executive Assistant and Travel Booker events: A program of networking and lunch & learn events for university clients that want to engage with their industry peers outside of their work environment
  • Women in Business: Flight Centre Travel Group has a raft of initiatives underway that support the professional development of women. These include the Kitty Cat Club and WomenWise initiatives.


Past Travel Grant recipients:

We spoke to three of our grant recipients, about their work and how they have progressed their projects with the help of the Travel Grant Series.

Professor John Gleeson

Head of School/ School of Psychology /Faculty of Health Sciences - Australian Catholic University

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Doctor Harry Parekh

Senior Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence - The University of Queensland

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PhD Student Naomi Paxton

A PhD student studying in the field of biofabrication: 3D printing of body parts - Queensland University of Technology

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