Our strategy

Statement by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Commercialisation), Professor Arun Sharma

We undertake high-impact research in selected areas with a view to achieve significant public, commercial and practical benefit for the community and for our partners.

Research is by its very nature global and today's challenges require input from multi-disciplinary teams within Australia and beyond. One of our key ambitions is to expand internationalisation of research including engagement with global research centres. We have strong links with a number of international organisations and research institutions.

Our major research aspirations, as identified in the QUT Blueprint, are to:

  • increase the number and scale of collaborations with end users, and significantly enhance QUT's research income from business and international sources
  • renew focus on research potential and quality in staff recruitment, with a particular emphasis on building productive research teams in our areas of strategic advantage
  • aim for 'top-two' position in national competitive grants in at least five areas (education; creative industries; applied mathematics/statistics; information technology; and robotics, avionics and automation)
  • aim for all research disciplines at QUT to achieve an Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rating of 3 in the medium term and to achieve an ERA rating of 4 and 5 in the long-term
  • distinguish our health research through leadership in prevention and early intervention research and the use of technology to achieve better health outcomes. Aim to be a national research leader in areas of health determinants, health systems, injury prevention, trauma management, chronic disease and ageing
  • strengthen STEM areas by developing the research themes of the Institute for Future Environments to strongly engage with the innovation needs of the resources, primary industries, environment, information and communications technology (ICT), manufacturing, and the services sectors
  • aim to lead at least six nationally endorsed centres of excellence in thematic areas of strength
  • develop a research culture supportive of commercialisation and a broader view of knowledge transfer including consulting services, customised education and use of advanced scientific infrastructure by end users
  • aim for 430 annual higher degree research (HDR) completions by 2016
  • continue to build research capacity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research and increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HDR students.

In order to achieve these outcomes, we are committed to developing a sustainable and high quality workforce and to providing high quality infrastructure, support functions and facilities for our researchers, and we are making a considerable investment in sustainable infrastructure.