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

14. Getting involved: What strategies will enhance UQ student satisfaction and success and how can they be achieved?

Joanne WrightThis summary and the complete Green Paper are available online and designed to initiate widespread discussion and feedback across the UQ community and with our partners. Everyone has the opportunity to comment on the Green Paper through our website http://student-strategy.uq.edu.au There are also other tailored opportunities for feedback outlined below.
 

For students: An online survey will invite all postgraduate and undergraduate coursework students to contribute their feedback in November 2015. Student representatives will also be invited to a consultation roundtable at St Lucia on 17 November, 2015.

For staff: Staff will be invited to contribute to Faculty open discussion forums that will be arranged and led by the respective Associate Deans (Academic). Strategy consultation may also be an agenda item on upcoming Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee meetings. Further, staff representatives shall be invited to a Consultation Roundtable at St Lucia on 17 November, 2015.

From September to November, there will also be a number of meetings of, for example, Academic Board, Teaching and Learning Committee and Student Experience Committee at which the Green Paper will be discussed as well as opportunities for individual conversations including those with Executive and Associate Deans.

For organisational units: Various organisational units, including Institutes, Faculties, Schools and Service Units, will have the opportunity to submit structured written submissions in October – November, 2015. The submissions will focus on how units anticipate they would interpret and implement the strategies proposed in the Green Paper in a manner relevant to their students, services, resources and contexts and what support would be required to do so.

For the UQ broader community and partners: Representatives from industry, government, secondary schools, parents, alumni and international partners, as well as selected UQ staff and students, will be invited to a consultation roundtable at St Lucia on 17 November, 2015.

Feedback is welcome until Friday 4 December, 2015.

Thank you to those staff and students who have been involved in the preparation of the Green Paper. They include members of the Reference Group, Advisory Group, the University Senior Management Group, the Writing Team and staff within ITaLI. We look forward to receiving your feedback and creating a White Paper focused on a distinctive, transformative UQ student experience.

Joanne Wright