Strategic Objectives

The University of Queensland is one of Australia's premier, broad-based 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 quality research is underpinned by a growing portfolio of world-class infrastructure.  The University of Queensland Graduate School has positioned UQ as a graduate destination of the highest standards.

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 research performance by international and national standards;
  • critically assess the amount and quality of research performed by Faculties, Schools and Centres against relevant comparators;
  • identify and create critical mass in strategically important areas of research;
  • identify and direct support to areas of strength;
  • recognise and reward the very best performance in research and in research supervision;
  • provide opportunities and encouragement for all staff to develop their research strategies and enhance their 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;
  • attract, retain, educate and graduate a growing cohort of higher degree research students;
  • provide appropriate support structures and facilities to foster outstanding performance at both higher degree and postdoctoral levels;
  • improve the training and broaden the educational experiences of all higher degree research students;
  • develop and maintain an excellent research infrastructure capability to meet the needs of researchers and research students;
  • maximise research collaboration with industry; and
  • identify and support potential opportunities for the commercialisation of University-owned intellectual property through research contracts, licence agreements and spin-off companies.