Strategic Plan 2011-15: an update from the Vice-Chancellor

31 August 2012

Last weekend, I presented a report to Senate on the first 18 months of implementation of the University's strategic plan for 2011-15.

The report outlines our progress towards each of the plan's 17 strategies and associated initiatives. It records completed work that has had real, observable impact, and explains how we have agreed new ways of supporting teaching and research. It also acknowledges that our less robust financial circumstances in 2012 have had an impact on progress, causing some initiatives to be suspended until funding is available.

Nevertheless, we have achieved a great deal, and I am particularly pleased by two consistent themes that have emerged.

First, our efforts to improve the collection, analysis and transparent dissemination of information about the University have made a real difference. We now see more clearly how our money is distributed and what it is spent on. We better understand what students think of our teaching, and how good our research really is. In short, we are better able to make properly informed strategic decisions.

Second, and partly as a result of the availability of more transparent information, our culture is changing. People are beginning to see how decisions they make will affect others. This hasn't always been an easy process, but we are starting to break down the silos.

The strategic plan was the result of an extensive University-wide consultation, and in the White Paper, we said that "the overarching strategic direction of the next planning period must be to rediscover what it means for so large and disparate an organisation to be a single University, a federation of academic communities working more closely together".

As our implementation report shows, we are indeed in the process of becoming one University, and I am very grateful for your work at every level to help us get this far. I encourage you to read the report, and look forward to working with you to ensure our shared vision becomes reality.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Spence