Seeking staff feedback on how best to drive excellence, scale and impact of cancer research at the University of Sydney.

The University of Sydney has initiated a consultation and strategic planning process to define the future of cancer research at the University. The Health and Medical Research Review (2013) identified cancer as a major research strength and strategic priority for the University. A multi-faculty steering committee has embarked upon a review of the current state of cancer research at Sydney and seeks the University community’s ideas regarding how best to drive excellence, scale and impact in this area. This review also forms part of the strategic planning process for the Cancer Stream of Sydney Health Partners. The committee is supported in its endeavours by the Cancer Research Network and Professor Laurent Rivory, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Strategic Collaborations and Partnerships).

Cancer is a multi-faceted health problem which presents challenges across a wide spectrum from basic science to health policy. Within this context, the consultation is focused on addressing three questions:

  1. What should the University define as its vision for cancer research?
  2. What are the principal challenges and opportunities in cancer research at Sydney?
  3. What should the University, in collaboration with its partners, do to realise its vision for cancer research?

By exploring potential answers to these questions, the committee aims to identify specific transformative initiatives which would build on the University’s existing strengths in cancer research and increase impact. The committee aims to synthesise its findings and the results of the consultation as a Green Paper for consideration by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). The Green Paper will be prepared during April/May 2017.

Provide your feedback

Submissions are invited from across the University (you do not need to be working in cancer research) and also from University partners via the following avenues:

  • Online submission form - OPEN NOW. Closes 5pm, 6 March 2017.
  • Email the (anytime)
  • Town hall events will be held at the following locations in February:
Nepean Clinical School Meeting Room 2, Level 3 12.00–1.30pm Friday 3 February 2017 (video conferencing)
Westmead Institute Conference Rooms 12.00–1.30pm Tuesday 7 February 2017 (video conferencing)
Kolling Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital Norman Nock Lecture Rooms 1 & 2, Level 5 12.00–1.30pm Friday 10 February 2017 (video conferencing)
Camperdown precinct Messel Lecture Theatre, Sydney Nanoscience Hub, Physics Rd 12.00–1.30pm Tuesday 14 February 2017

More information

Background material, resources and discussion documents that may be useful in informing your submission will be posted here and updated as they become available.

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Contact us

For further information regarding the cancer research consultation process please contact:

Dr Cathy Barnett
Project Manager

Professor Graham Mann
Chair, The University of Sydney Cancer Research Network