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About us

"Education perhaps more than anything else is the passport to a better life." - Peter Underwood

Our history

Launched in February 2015, the Peter Underwood Centre is a partnership between the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government in association with the Office of the Governor of Tasmania. The centre is the tangible expression of the Making of the Future Partnership Agreement, and was founded with the full support of the University Council.

The Honourable Peter Underwood AC (Tasmania's 27th Governor) began the conversation with the University of Tasmania that led to its creation, and we are honoured that the Centre bears his name.

Mrs Frances Underwood is the Patron of the Peter Underwood Centre.

Our Advisory Committee was established in November 2015, under the leadership of Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, Governor of Tasmania.

The Honourable Peter Underwood AC

Our Patron Frances Underwood

Our Advisory Committee

Our vision

All young Tasmanians flourish through the transformative power of learning.

Our values

  • Collaboration
  • Persistence
  • Creativity
  • Respect

Our manifesto

We believe:

  • Experiences of learning and education are intrinsically worthwhile;
  • Educational attainment is central to wellbeing, success and a more just society;
  • Strong families and capable communities are partners in our shared future.

We act by:

  • Listening to the voices of children and young people;
  • Exploring and delivering opportunities which nurture confidence for children and young people to think about what is possible;
  • Championing and facilitating professional learning, innovation and technologies that assist schools and teachers to be agents of change;
  • Providing an authoritative voice on issues pertaining to educational attainment.

We lead and foster:

  • Research and inform policy and practice in order to improve learning outcomes for children and young people;
  • Collaborative activities, forums and conversations that utilise interdisciplinary knowledge to generate new ideas and challenge the emotional, motivational, social, economic and cultural barriers to engagement in learning;
  • Sharing of good practice, research and success stories that focus on what makes a difference to young people.

Our Pillars

Our work spans three pillars of action, each contributing to our vision. The pillars have been drawn from our interactions with international research, policy makers and practitioners. The pillars allow us to focus on key questions and initiatives that will lead to positive and sustained change in educational outcomes for children and young people.