Supporting research and education: academics and professional services working together

3 July 2014

Senior academics and leaders from professional service units at the recent workshop.

Implementation of the University's Health and Medical Research Review (HMR Review) reached a milestone in June with the final in a series of three workshops. They brought together senior academics with leaders from professional service units (PSUs) to develop a framework to coordinate professional services supporting the University's strategic priority areas for collaboration, such as the Charles Perkins Centre.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jill Trewhella, who is overseeing the implementation of HMR strategy, explained how the workshops have provided a significant step forward.

"The workshops finished with the academics and professional service leaders together deciding what they would do in the next six months to bring their vision for effective and efficient professional services for multidisciplinary research and education into reality," said Professor Trewhella.

"There was evident commitment by all to a set of agreed and achievable common goals services to put the University at the forefront of multidisciplinary research that aims to have real-world impact."

At the workshops, academics and chief operating officers from the Charles Perkins Centre, Marie Bashir Institute, Cancer Research Network, Brain and Mind Research Institute, Sydney Southeast Asia Study Centre, Sydney Environment Institute and China Studies Centre joined forces with senior representatives from ICT, Finance, Campus Infrastructure and Services, Human Resources, Marketing and Communications, and the Office of General Counsel. They brainstormed how to meet academic needs and better coordinate the support provided by professional services units to strategic priority areas, initially those identified in the HMR Review: obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease; cancer; mental health and neuroscience; and infectious diseases.

The next phase for the group, which will be chaired by Professor Stephen Simpson, Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre, will be to further refine the framework, cross-referencing the needs of the academic community with the services available.

Find out more about the HMR Review