World-leading research

World-leading research

World-leading research, world-changing impact

I am very pleased to announce the release of the Strategic Research Framework 2015 - 2024: World-leading research, world-changing impact. This Framework, designed to guide Macquarie University's research trajectory over the decade 2015 - 2024, is the result of a deal of intensive work and strategic thinking by key stakeholders across the University and incorporates much of the feedback we received during the consultation process held during the month of July.

I am looking forward to seeing the strategies outlined in the Framework become a reality and to Macquarie University achieving its ambitious targets that it will make it truly distinctive within Australia and around the world.

Professor Sakkie Pretorius

View the Strategic Research Framework 2015 - 2024: World-leading research, world-changing impact
View the abridged version of the Research Framework


Past strategic updates

After an extensive period of listening and learning, stretching back to the three-day Festival of Ideas held in November last year, and more recent intensive consultation and iterative development with key stakeholders throughout the University, it is with great pleasure that I release the Research Framework Green Paper to you for your input.

The Green Paper is your opportunity to have input into the development of the final Framework that will steer our path towards ever-increasing research excellence and guide us in our aspiration to achieve the 'Everest Targets'.

The document outlines four Key Objectives around the areas of quality research and researchers, higher-degree research candidates, internationalisation and collaboration, and impactful discovery.  Each of these Key Objectives is supported by a suite of Goals, each of which includes projected targets to be met in 2024 or earlier and an initial range of Supporting Strategies to help us meet these targets.

The Green Paper also proposes the Faculty-generated Research Themes and Streams as current or emerging research areas for which Macquarie aims to be recognised over the next 10-year period.  The over-arching Future-Shaping Research Priorities will be used to describe these areas to internal and external stakeholders.

Each of these elements has been developed in close consultation with a range of key stakeholders across the University.  From now until the 31st of July, the Green Paper is open for comment by the wider university community.  There are aspects of the Green Paper that will necessitate significant changes across the University, but to accomplish our objectives, and build on our standing as a leading research-intensive institution, we must be willing to take risks and make bold changes.  The changes proposed within the document will undoubtedly make us a better, more agile and more mature university.

We are now seeking your considered and constructive feedback on the Green Paper.  Staff are encouraged to submit their feedback via their Faculty's Associate Dean: Research so that suggestions can be viewed in light of the Faculties' priorities, cultures, drivers and aspirations.

We look forward with much interest to your feedback, which will assist us in making improvements that will be incorporated in the White Paper.

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