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Our strategy is simple: to create a place where the best researchers and most promising students can achieve their full potential. 

We want to return to our historic position as indisputably the best university in the nation, and arguably the best in the region.
Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal

What does our strategy mean for you?

No matter what course you’re studying, what faculty you work for, or how you’re involved with the University, our strategy is relevant to you.

The University's strategic plan is more than a high-level document for our governing bodies and senior management. It is the roadmap to achieving our shared vision.

 


The key themes for our planning for 2016–20 are education and research, supported by an enabling culture and organisational design.

Planning for 2016–20

In 2015 we are developing our 2016-20 Strategic Plan, informed by a wide-ranging consultation with our staff, students and other key stakeholders.

We want to build on the foundations of the 2011–15 plan so that in the next five years we can focus on returning to our historic position as indisputably the best university in the nation, and among the best in the region.

How we enable excellence in research and education is at the core of this year's conversation. We are also talking to the University community about how we develop an enabling culture and organisational design.

Planning for 2020 timeline

  • March

    Senior Executive Group strategy retreat

    Vice-Chancellor presentations to Academic Board and all-staff forum

    Launch of monthly consultation meetings with staff unions
  • March/April

    Survey of staff and students to inform further consultation. Read a summary of the results prepared by research firm Colmar Brunton.
  • April

    Vice-Chancellor forums with faculty-based staff

    Vice-Chancellor presentations to faculty managers and Campaign Board
  • May

    Senior Executive Group strategy session

    Continuation of Vice-Chancellor forums with faculty-based staff and professional staff

    Strategy presentations to Alumni Council and Student Representative Council

    DVC (Education) meetings with major graduate employers
  • June

    Launch of discussion paper on proposed changes to deliver a distinctive undergraduate education (116KB PDF), supported by open focus groups with staff and students and online Yammer forum for staff

    Continuation of Vice-Chancellor forums with faculty-based staff

    Strategy presentations to heads of school and heads of discipline, faculty managers, Student Consultative Committee, external members of Senate Committees

    DVC (Education) meetings with major graduate employers

    Briefings with principals of feeder high schools, careers advisers

  • July

    Publication of discussion paper on investing in research excellence (2.1MB PDF), supported by open focus groups on research paper with staff and students; online Yammer forum for staff

    Senior Executive Group strategy session

    DVC (Education) meetings with major graduate employers

    Briefings with high school careers advisers
  • August

    Further discussion papers on education, research, organisational design and culture, supported by focus groups and other engagement opportunities
  • End August

    Senate strategy retreat
  • September–December

    Prepare and refine draft strategy
  • December

    Senate meets to discuss draft strategy
  • Early 2016

    Launch strategy

2011–15 Strategic Plan

Our current strategic plan is based around 17 key initiatives developed through a collaborative process with our students, staff and other stakeholders.

The plan is supporting our response to the challenges, opportunities and threats faced by the University in an increasingly competitive higher education landscape.

Key initiatives have included:

  • changing our management structure to improve our collaboration and decision-making
  • fostering a new approach to enabling interdisciplinary collaboration so we can better address the challenges of the 21st century
  • renewing our focus on investment and support for research, including identifying talent in our undergraduates
  • significant investment in teaching and research infrastructure, and student accommodation
  • launching a nation-leading fundraising campaign, INSPIRED
  • adopting a whole-of-University approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation and engagement
  • more transparency and efficiencies in our finance and administration to enable greater investment in teaching and research.

You can download the full 2011–16 Strategic Plan (1.6 MB PDF) to find out more.

If you would like more information, you can also download a white paper (2.8MB PDF), published at the same time as the strategic plan to provide additional context, as well as a green paper (900KB PDF) that we used to support a University-wide conversation during the development of the plan.