End of year message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

14 December 2012

2012 has been a year of change and significant accomplishments for researchers at Sydney.

Our collaborative way of working became more visible with the launch of the fourth of our multi-disciplinary research Centres – the
Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. Significant progress was also made in the other three Centres: the Brain and Mind Research Institute, China Studies Centre and the Charles Perkins Centre. The CPC gained a name, a new Academic Director and will soon gain 10 new Chairs and Professors.

The hard work continues to unfold as we discover how researchers can work and thrive in a truly collaborative environment and how best they can be supported. This is a challenge for the entire University and I know it will be one that all will relish. I look forward to working on this with you in 2013.

The University obtained fantastic funding results: achieving the highest national ranking in
Discovery Projects is a result of which you should be particularly proud. Funding in both the ARC and NHMRC funding rounds was significant.

One highlight for me was the work I was privileged to do with researchers from across the University defending the freedom to publish research. I would like to acknowledge the role University of Sydney researchers played in having the
Defence Trade Control Bill reconsidered.  It was an example of how researchers can make a difference to the policy process and how important it is that we consider and continue to build our role beyond the walls of the University.

Finally, the year has been rounded off with
spectacular results in ERA. Sydney was assessed in 99 of the 157 4-digit fields.  We were at or above world standard in 100% of our fields.  18 disciplines achieved a rating of 5 for the first time.

I attribute our success in ERA to the University’s ability to set a collective vision and work together in achieving it. There were so many different things that contributed to our result, which is as important as the results themselves. 

In 2013 I look forward to continuing the work we have already begun: work that is bold and will undoubtedly have broad and positive implications.

From all of us at the Research Portfolio, all the best for the holidays, we look forward to working with you in the New Year.

Jill Trewhella