Griffith University has a central vision to be one of the most influential universities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region and to deliver this influence through outstanding scholarship and research, and the contributions that the outcomes of that scholarship make to our local, national and international communities.
We articulate a mission around believing in a remarkable tomorrow, in doing our best and supporting others to do theirs. We’ve never lost sight of our progressive beginnings and everything we do—from education to research and community engagement—is designed to not only meet, but improve the new world our students, graduates and communities will encounter.
We noted in the previous iteration of this Plan that the capacity to meet these commitments is heavily invested in the strength and quality of the research fabric of the University, and this remains the case. This Research and Innovation Plan identifies the goals, targets and strategies through which we will continue to deliver research of high standard and relevance, framed against a national agenda of better translation of research outcomes into innovative services, processes and products.
The University now appears in the top 400 in all major rankings of the world’s universities, has consistently met publication output targets, and has increased its citation visibility by 80% over the life of the previous Research Plan. The increase in quality of our research outputs was endorsed by the ERA 2015 exercise where 98% of our research outputs were submitted in fields of research rated at world standard or above at the broad level of classification of fields of research.
Key themes of our previous Research Plan 2013-2017 were consolidation of strengths while at the same time lifting the average quality of research across the whole research portfolio. Much of this is now in place and the next phase of the plan addresses balancing the non –exclusive demands of meeting the highest levels of international research excellence, and managing an innovation agenda that ensures the best possible public and commercial outcomes from the best research. In execution of the Plan, we also need to ensure that we are effective in telling our stories of research excellence and impact in both the formal setting of Engagement and Impact assessment but also as a central part of the University’s narrative.
The University’s previous two Research Plans carried the key message: “research and research training of the highest quality is an integral part of the character of all top universities, and Griffith is committed to supporting staff, students and stakeholders in achieving that outcome for the communities we serve”. This central commitment remains a priority for the University.
Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor