Dear Colleagues,

The global response to the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve each day. No doubt COVID-19 will continue to challenge us for some time, and our response – as always – must be evidence-based and research-informed. Be assured that UOW is taking every step to support our researchers and support teams in every way we can. Your health and wellbeing is our top priority.

As a research community, we need to remain calm and focused in this ever-changing environment, and not lose sight of our long term strategic objectives, values, and priorities.

A key priority for me as your Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) is the development of the 2020-2025 UOW Research & Innovation Strategy. Currently a draft document, this strategy was developed through consultation with representatives from across the University at a Research Planning Retreat in January 2020 (which seems like an eon ago now). It sets out our vision to create knowledge for a better world and to work with our communities to deliver research with impact; research that drives positive change. I am thrilled that the retreat participants chose to embed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as the backbone of our strategy to tackle the world’s most pressing and complex challenges.

Broadly, our strategy highlights our support for the best and brightest researchers; values-based and diverse research leadership; research that crosses traditional discipline boundaries; translational research with our communities; research that will have direct positive impact on our planet. Our strategy will deliver a triple bottom line: performance, people and planet.

I feel privileged and honoured to present, on behalf of all who took part in the planning retreat, a visionary research and innovation strategy that will deliver on our goals and objectives.

I now look forward to your participation in the next step of the Consultation Process.

Consultation process

Feedback from the broader UOW community is essential to ensure the success of our Research & Innovation Strategy. To collect this feedback, we will run a survey which will be open until Friday 15 May. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete, and responses are anonymous. Please do take the time to let me know your thoughts and opinions. I am keen to hear them.

Additionally we are also welcoming further questions via email at research@uow.edu.au as part of this consultation process.

Respond to the survey today and find out more information on the research and innovation page.

Responding to your questions: DVC (R&I) Podcast #1

Our first podcast is now available and addresses some of the questions we’ve already received from researchers regarding the Strategy.

Please Note: the podcast replaces the Public Forum which was previously scheduled. Another podcast will also be available after the survey closes.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Jennifer L. Martin AC
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation)