The University of Sydney is a large and diverse institution with a broad range of disciplines and a strong shared identity that binds us together as a community and shapes our strategy.

At the heart of our strategy is our shared common purpose to create and sustain a university in which, for the benefit of both Australia and the wider world, the brightest researchers and the most promising students, whatever their social or cultural background, can thrive and realise their full potential.

This website provides information about the strategic goals we aim to achieve by 2015. You can read:

  • the full strategic plan and an accompanying white paper, which provides context and commentary about the consultative process that led to the development of the strategic plan
  • an implementation report published in August 2012 that describes the progress we have made during the first 18 months of the strategic plan
  • the Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu strategy, which makes the promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation, engagement, education and research one of our core objectives. The strategy outlines a series of initiatives led and implemented by staff from central units, faculties and other departments across the University. Find out more about the initiatives and who will be driving them.
  • the June 2013 report of the Health and Medical Research Strategic Review, which suggests how the University might make the most of its very considerable strengths in health and medical research so that researchers and students in those disciplines continue to rank among the world’s best, and so that we can increase the impact of their work in the communities we serve.

University compact

The University has a ‘mission-based compact’ funding agreement that provides a strategic framework for our relationship with the federal government for the period 2011–13. The compact has a bearing on the distribution of federal teaching and research funding, including performance-based funding. Find out more.