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University of Sydney releases discussion paper on research strategy


10 July 2015

The University of Sydney has released a second discussion paper in its strategic planning process for 2016 to 2020.

Investing in Research Excellence follows on from an education strategy discussion paper released in June, and a survey of staff and students earlier in the year.

The paper explores how the University could support strategic investment in key areas of existing and emerging research excellence over the next five years.

"This paper responds to the clearly expressed desire on the part of our staff and students to embrace a bold vision for our research, as we focus on returning to our historic position as indisputably the best university in the nation, and arguably the best in the region," said Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence.

"We hold a great responsibility to serve society through the quality and leadership of our research," Dr Spence added.

"We want more Sydney researchers to be among the world leaders in addressing the great challenges faced by the communities we serve."

In particular, the paper outlines the case for the University to make strategic investment in areas of disciplinary and multidisciplinary research, and the criteria and processes by which such areas might be identified.

To support this ambition, the paper proposes a new model to help the University decide where to invest in research.

"This model will enable us to accelerate quality and scale in areas in which we can become clearly pre-eminent," said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison, who will lead consultation on the research paper with the University community.

Many hundreds of staff, students and community members have already made important contributions to the strategic planning process, and Professor Ivison welcomed further discussion on the range of ideas and opportunities outlined in the research discussion paper.

Find out more and have your say about our research discussion paper.


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