Community engagement with impact outlined in bold strategic plan

A vision to grow the level of engagement being led by the University of Tasmania will be guided by a bold strategy which prioritises research, students, and community.

The Community and Partnerships Strategic Plan 2016 – 2018 outlines the role of the University in helping positively shape communities, and maps out a framework to guide the University's engagement with society to create value for the state.

The concept of 'community' forms the third pillar of the University's strategic plan Open to Talent, alongside research and training. As part of this new strategy, the University will further embrace its responsibility to enrich Tasmania and its communities through teaching, research, and service.

Professor Janelle Allison, Pro Vice-Chancellor Community, Partnerships and Regional Development, said staff are making an impact not only in Tasmania, but globally, and the Community and Partnerships Plan would further guide this process going forward.

"We have always been a very engaged University and our staff are the foundation of this, however it is important to have a University-wide plan which they can work to," Professor Allison said.

"At the heart of this plan is our social mission. While a critical part of this involves helping all Tasmanians achieve better educational outcomes, improved health and wellbeing, and an ongoing contribution to the economic prosperity of the state, an equally important aspect is to also connect Tasmania globally."

Underpinning the plan is a commitment by the University to share its skills, innovation, cultural resources and compassion with communities, while encouraging scholars, professional staff and students to work together in addressing prevalent issues through forming close partnerships with state and local governments, business, and other agencies across the community.

The Community and Partnerships Strategic Plan was launched at the Inglis Clark Symposium – Engaging with Impact last month which brought together 150 representatives from across all campuses to celebrate the far-reaching achievements of academic and professional staff.

Copies of the plan are available from Natalie Edwards: Natalie.Edwards@utas.edu.au

Published on: 09 May 2016 11:43am