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About us

Our partnership and vision

Launched in 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.

During his time as Tasmania’s 27th Governor, The Honourable Peter Underwood AC began conversations with the University of Tasmania around the importance of educational attainment to Tasmania. Following his passing in 2014, the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment was established in his name, serving to honour his belief in the transformative power of education.

Our focus is on research, partnerships and initiatives that contribute to positive and sustained change in educational outcomes for children and young people.

Our work spans three pillars of action, each contributing to our vision. The pillars have been drawn from interactions with international research, policy makers and practitioners.

Our pillars underpin our aim to:

  • Research and inform policy and practice in order to improve learning outcomes for children and young people;
  • Facilitate and evaluate collaborative programs, initiatives and activities that support and address engagement and success in learning;
  • Foster and contribute to best practice research, policy and programs which make a difference to young people.