Researcher

Dr Kevin Liu

My Expertise

  • Superannuation
  • Lifecycle financial decision making
  • Career-focused Education
  • Problem-based learning

Keywords

Biography

Kevin Liu is the Undergraduate Program Co-ordinator of the School of Risk and Actuarial Studies at the University of New South Wales. Prior to joining UNSW in 2011, Kevin served in the research department at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). He has an honours degree and a PhD in Finance from the University of Sydney.

Kevin’s primary area of expertise is superannuation and retirement income policy. Kevin’s current...view more

Kevin Liu is the Undergraduate Program Co-ordinator of the School of Risk and Actuarial Studies at the University of New South Wales. Prior to joining UNSW in 2011, Kevin served in the research department at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). He has an honours degree and a PhD in Finance from the University of Sydney.

Kevin’s primary area of expertise is superannuation and retirement income policy. Kevin’s current research projects focus on the governance and performance of superannuation funds; regulation and supervision of superannuation and private pension funds; systemic risk in retirement systems; and retirement saving and investment decision making. Kevin has led and participated in grant projects attracting over $300,000 dollars in public and industry funding. 

Kevin is also a regular contributor to superannuation policy discussions, and his research is cited by major public reviews and inquiries. He served on two APRA working groups on investment governance and trustee governance in conjunction with the post-Cooper Review (Super System Review) superannuation reforms. Kevin has been a consultant on superannuation governance and performance issues to APRA and Industry Super Australia (ISA), and was a member of the Productivity Commission’s Industry Roundtable on the efficiency and competitiveness of the superannuation system.

In the education space, Kevin is a multi-award-winning educator who is committed to empowering students by developing inspirational learning experiences through the integration of a career-focused educational approach and innovative educational technologies. As an EF Academic, he leads multiple teaching innovation projects and has led the development of six new courses for undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional students at UNSW Business School. Kevin co-directs the Sandbox Education Program. He pioneered the StoryWall Formative Assessment Model, which has been adopted in over 25 courses at UNSW Business School to engages students as partners in co-creating authentic learning experiences and active online learning communities. Kevin also leads teaching innovation projects that use advanced digital technologies to support student learning, e.g. Online Personalised Adaptive Revision Tool, Retirement VR (Virtual Reality). He is a founding member of two Learning and Teaching Communities of Practice at UNSW, and has jointly received $367,800 competitive learning and teaching funding. Kevin received the UNSW Business School Teaching Excellence Award for “A Program that Enhances Learning” in 2017.

Kevin is also a director of Understanding Super, a not-for-profit start-up that provides free financial literacy education through its online platform and mobile app to help young people understand superannuation.


My Grants

Research Grants

  • 2016-2017: Team Leader and Chief Investigator (with E Ooi), Industry Research Grant, Industry Super Australia, $50,000.
    Governance, related-party outsourcing and MySuper performance of Australian Superannuation Funds
  • 2016: Chief Investigator (with E Ooi and P Gerrans), UWA Business School Research Development Awards (BSRDA), $8,000.
    Who is Best to Look After Our Retirement Savings? The Role of Trustee Independence for Superannuation Fund Boards
  • 2015: Chief Investigator, UNSW Business School Research Grants (BSRG), $20,000.
    Does Governance Explain Heterogeneous Fees for Homogeneous Products? Trustee Board Structure and Default Product Fee-setting in the Australian Superannuation Industry
  • 2014: Chief Investigator, UNSW Business School Research Grants (UNSW Business School Research Grant), $25,000.
    Are Trustees Rewarded for Performance? The Remuneration of Superannuation Fund Trustees and Its Determinants
  • 2013-2014: Chief Investigator (with B Arnold, H Bateman, R Buckley, S Donald), Centre for International Finance and Regulation (CIFR) Research Grant (with Australian Prudential Regulation Authority), $200,800 over 2 years. Identifying, Monitoring and Managing Systemic Risks in Australia's Superannuation System
  • 2013: Investigator (with H Bateman), The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) Research Grant, $15,000.Retirement Income Provision in China: The impact of Household Characteristics and Regional Differences
  • 2013: Chief Investigator UNSW Business School Special Research Grant (SRG), $10,000. Can Trustee's Expertise be Trusted? The Competence of Superannuation Fund Trustees and Its Implications on Fund Performance

Learning and Teaching Grants

  • 2018: UNSW Education Focussed Foundation Funding (with twenty EF academics across all Faculties at UNSW), $197,000.
    Digital Assessment: Empowering Students and Supporting Teachers through Innovative Student-Oriented Educational Practices
  • 2018: UNSW Education Focussed Foundation Funding (with eleven EF academics across six Faculties at UNSW), $100,000.
    AV Select: Enriching UNSW Teaching Through AV (Audio and Video) Technologies
  • 2017: UNSW Scientia Education Investment Fund Grant (with H Yip, K Fong, M Uncles, T Wilcox, K Clark, D Mayorga, L Piggott, J Wardrop), $50,000.
    A Learner-Centred Approach to Attain Significant Learning of Oral Communication for AOL in MCom Programs
  • 2015: UNSW Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant (with H Bateman), $20,000.
    Enhancing the Learning Experience of Postgraduate Students with Diverse Backgrounds Using Personalised Pathways and Adaptive Tools

My Qualifications

Ph.D. (Finance), University of Sydney


My Awards

  • UNSW Business School, Award for a Program that Enhances Learning (2017)
  • AFA (Association of Financial Advisers)/PFL (Plan for Life), Annuity & Income Stream Innovation Award for UNSW Retirement Planning Course (Collaborated with Challenger, Co-developed with Hazel Bateman) (2014)

My Research Activities

Kevin has research interests in the areas of superannuation and retirement income policy. His current research investigates the operation, structure and performance of superannuation funds; the governance and regulation of superannuation and pension funds; systemic risk in retirement systems; retirement saving and investment decisions; and pension reform in China.


My Engagement

  • Director, UnderstandingSuper (since 2017)
  • Member, Australian Government (Productivity Commission) ‘Industry Roundtable on the Competitiveness and Efficiency of the Superannuation System’ (2017-18)
  • Consultant, Industry Super Australia (ISA) 'Superannuation Governance and Performance' (2016-2017)
  • Consultant, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) 'Superannuation Outsourcing, Performance and Governance' (2011-2013)

 

Submissions

  • Department of Education, Skills and Employment, National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund Consultation Paper (with Yenni Tim and Veronica Jiang), 2020
  • Royal Commission, Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, 2018
  • Productivity Commission, Superannuation Competitiveness and Efficiency Inquiries, 2018
  • Senate Standing Committees on Economics, Superannuation Laws Amendment (Strengthening Trustee Arrangements) Bill 2017, 2017

 

Media


My Teaching

Kevin is a multi-award-winning educator who is committed to empowering students by developing inspirational learning experiences through the integration of a career-focused educational approach and innovative educational technologies. As an EF Academic, he leads multiple teaching innovation projects and has led the development of six new courses for undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional students at UNSW Business School. Kevin co-directs the Sandbox Education Program. He pioneered the StoryWall Formative Assessment Model, which has been adopted in over 25 courses at UNSW Business School to engages students as partners in co-creating authentic learning experiences and active online learning communities. Kevin also leads teaching innovation projects that use advanced digital technologies to support student learning, e.g. Online Personalised Adaptive Revision Tool, Retirement VR (Virtual Reality). He is a founding member of two Learning and Teaching Communities of Practice at UNSW, and has jointly received $367,800 competitive learning and teaching funding. Kevin received the UNSW Business School Teaching Excellence Award for “A Program that Enhances Learning” in 2017. 

Learning and Teaching Leadership

  • Founder, StoryWall Formative Assessment Model (since 2019)
  • Co-director, Sandbox Education Program (since 2020)
  • Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Actuarial Program (since 2013)
  • Member, School of Risk and Actuarial Studies, Education Committee (since 2013)
  • Member, UNSW Business School Undergraduate Education Committee (since 2019)
  • Member, BizLab (Business School Experimental Lab) Management Committee (since 2012)
  • Member, UNSW Business School BCom Review Working Group (since 2020)
  • Team Champion, UNSW Business School BCom Review Working Group, Active Problem-based Learning Team (since 2020)
  • Reviewer, UNSW Peer Review of Teaching (since 2021)
  • Reviewer, Business School Peer Support of Teaching (since 2018)
  • Mentor, UNSW Academic Mentor (since 2018)

 

Learning and Teaching Presentation and Showcase

  • 2021: UNSW Connections Seminar and Workshop, 'Get Real! Career-focused Assessments to Equip Students for Real-world Challenges' (with Yenni Tim)
  • 2020: Education @ Business Showcase, 'StoryWall: A Formative Assessment Model for Enhancing Student Online Learning Experiences' (with Fei Huang)
  • 2020: Education @ Business Showcase, 'Future-proofing Our Graduates through A Sandbox Career-focused Experience' (with Yenni Tim and Veronica Jiang)
  • 2019: Business School Learning & Teaching Showcase, 'Enhancing Student Learning and Engagement through the Purposeful Inclusion of Student Voices'
  • 2019: EF Lunch & Learn – Business, 'Retirement VR, Inspiring Student Learning through Immersive Learning Experiences with Interactive Virtual Reality'
  • 2018: UNSW Inspired Learning Summit 2018, Multimedia Showcase - VR/AR Immersive Experience, 'Retirement VR (Virtual Reality) Showcase'
  • 2016: UNSW Learning and Teaching Forum, Poster Presentation, 'Enhancing the Learning Experience of Postgraduate Students with Diverse Backgrounds Using Personalised Pathways and Adaptive Tools'

Learning and Teaching Innovation

  • 2021: StoryWall – Exemplar Moodle site - Developed a comprehensive Moodle site with information and teaching resources of the StoryWall approach that can be easily transferred into other courses.
  • 2019 - 2020: StoryWall – Formative Assessment Model - ACTL3192/5306 - Created the StoryWall Formative Assessment Model, which is a learner-centred pedagogical approach that integrates specific conditional actions into online discussion forums to create formative assessment tasks. StoryWall has been being adopted by teaching staff across multiple Schools with very positive feedback from students and educators.
  • 2020: Sandbox – New Milestone Formative Submission Model - ACTL3192/5306 - Implemented the Sandbox Industry Challenge Project in ACTL3192/5306, which aims to enhance students' career-focused learning experience by bringing in real-world scenarios and real industry challenges into the classroom, creating a safe space for students to explore, collaborate, and make changes. Developed a new Sandbox formative milestone submission assessment model. Received strong positive feedback from students and industry partners. Investment Magazine (18/01/2020): UNSW Sandbox Program highlights challenges of providing quality, scalable guidance
  • 2020: Digital Placemaking - Creating Virtual Student Learning “Places” to engage students online learning experiences - RISK3003/5003, ACTL3192/5306, RISK5001 - Pioneered the virtual "Student Common" room via "digital placemaking" to transform online “space” into meaningful learning “places” to help build an effective online learning community for students to connect, communicate, and collaborate with their peers. Business School Staff Stories: Bold Ideas for the Student Experience, TEACH @Business (pp10-13)
  • 2018-2020: Retirement VR – ACTL3192/5306 - Retirement VR, Inspiring Student Learning through Immersive Learning Experiences with Interactive Virtual Reality.
  • 2016: Online Personalised Adaptive Revision Tool - ACTL5401 Retirement Planning (Distance Learning) - This approach addresses the limitations of the existing delivery format for both face-to-face and distance learning cohorts by providing instant feedback and automated learning/revision pathways to meet the different learning needs of a diverse student body.

Courses Taught

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Location

Room 576
Level 5, East Wing
UNSW Business School Building – Ref E12
UNSW

Contact

+61 2 9385 7119

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