The Green Paper outlines the challenges we must address to ensure The University of Queensland (UQ) continues to be a destination for the world’s best and brightest students. It also includes proposed strategies that encompass all areas of the student experience from curriculum delivery to campus design and student support.

Peter Høj

Outstanding students, staff and alumni, cross-sectoral partners, imaginative teaching, and supporters in government, industry and philanthropy, have all combined to position The University of Queensland in the top echelons of the world’s universities.

UQ graduates become national and international leaders and contribute to solving some of society’s greatest challenges. They are sought-after employees, valued for their ability to think on their feet, work in cross-cultural settings, and identify opportunities for innovation often overlooked by others. This is in no small part a reflection of the tireless efforts by UQ staff to provide high-quality learning opportunities through student-focused, researchbased teaching. It also reflects the emphasis in the UQ Strategic Plan on student success and the development of ‘must-have’ graduate employees as the first of UQ’s six foundations for the future.

We have already taken a number of steps to welcome students to UQ, enhance online systems and services, develop employability strategies and produce world class online learning materials, and are looking at strategies to free up resources to be re-directed to the academic purpose. There are also many examples of effective, future-oriented practices in student learning across UQ from which we can learn. However, there is a clear view that the University should do more.

Drawing on the perspectives of students, staff and alumni, several data sources have informed this Student Strategy Green Paper, which intends to open a discussion across UQ and its stakeholders on UQ’s distinctive student experience. Following the synthesis of feedback on this Green Paper, a White Paper will be released in early 2016. The next steps will prioritise goals and assess resource implications. In turn, the student strategy will inform UQ’s 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, thereby setting an ambitious, five-year enhancement process that will include all UQ coursework students, staff, and stakeholders and enrich the career and life prospects of graduates. I hope you will engage actively with this process.

Peter Høj

1. UQ sees a transformative student experience

In line with the foundations of the University’s strategic direction, this discussion paper offers Vision and Mission statements for the UQ student experience as a central component of UQ’s vision of Knowledge leadership for a better world.

Vision

Creating change through transformational learning

Mission

A UQ student experience will encourage the innovative and adaptable mindset needed by graduates to find new solutions to complex problems, lead positive change, and create the employment opportunities that are yet to exist. A UQ education will be led by globally recognised experts working in partnership with students. Supported by a rich vein of learning analytics, it will be delivered flexibly and be guided by exceptional teachers.

Vibrant and inviting campuses connected to community will offer social, cultural and recreational pursuits that promote new and enduring affiliations.

Principles

The UQ student strategy is guided by the following principles:

  • Flexibility & personalisation
  • Co-construction
  • Transformation
  • Community & partnerships
  • Excellence