Strategic Objectives

The University of Queensland is one of Australia's premier, comprehensive research-intensive universities. The University aims to achieve international excellence in all types of research and research training, from fundamental, curiosity-driven work that adds to the stock of knowledge through to applied research resulting in commercial innovation. The University considers that excellence in research underpins both excellence in teaching and the ability to develop depth in its community partnerships. Its commitment to research training has resulted in the establishment of the University of Queensland Graduate School.

In seeking to develop its international reputation for research excellence the University will:
  • promote the importance and benefits of research to the wider community and champion the leadership role that the University plays in research and research training activities;
  • achieve international distinction across a significant number of strategically prioritised areas of research;
  • develop major research collaboration with government agencies, industry and the international community;
  • increase research funding from all State, national and international sources; and
  • enhance the University's role as one of Australia's major providers of research training by providing innovative and flexible programs at honours, masters and doctoral levels.

Operational Priorities
  • Improve the University's standing in the leading group of Australian Universities in research performance at an international standard and among the leading three Universities in terms of overall research income and outcomes and research higher degree completions;
  • benchmark research and scholarship in all faculties, schools and centres against the highest international standards of practice;
  • identify and direct support to priority areas;
  • recognise and reward the very best research and research supervision performance;
  • provide opportunities for all staff to develop and enhance their research strategies, performance and supervisory skills, with targeted support for early career researchers;
  • encourage all new staff to develop an active, externally-focused research profile and to improve their supervision skills;
  • provide appropriate support structures and facilities that foster a collegial environment at both higher degree and postdoctoral levels to improve the training and broader educational experiences of all those involved in research training and early career researchers;
  • integrate the major research centres into the research, postgraduate teaching and community service activities of the University;
  • develop and maintain an excellent research infrastructure capability to meet the needs of researchers and develop world class facilities for graduate and research students in purpose-built facilities; and
  • seek to maximise through licensing, research collaboration with industry and capital gains from start-ups and spin offs from the commercial development of intellectual property.