At UoN we believe that good leadership skills can and should be exercised and developed by anyone with the capacity to make real improvements to the University.

Leadership at UON

The University aspires to be a global leader in each of its spheres of achievement

2025 Vision, NeW Directions Strategic Plan 2013-15

At UON, we value leadership at all levels. As we strive to realise our 2025 Vision, we believe that good leadership skills can be developed and should be exercised by staff at all levels in the University.

Leaders understand the environment in which we operate, they think big and they act strategically. Most importantly, they envision success for themselves, those around them and for UON as a whole.

We also know that great leaders are not all born. It takes time, experience and a willingness to take a leadership role and build on leadership skills. At UON we encourage and support our emerging leaders to acquire, develop and practice their leadership skills - making a valuable investment in their own development and the University's future.

Who are our leaders?

The strategic and operational management of our University is the responsibility of the Vice-Chancellor and the Executive Committee. We have attracted exceptional leaders-in-their-field from around the world, Australia and the region who are committed to ensuring that the University of Newcastle achieves its strategic objectives and ambitions, as described in NeW Directions Strategic Plan 2013-15.

While strong leadership from the top is critical, a defining feature of a great university is the calibre of its leaders across the organisation. Our shared leadership agenda and clearly articulated leadership characteristics and behaviours support the development of current and emerging leaders - whether that be in one of our many fields of research, in education or in professional roles.

Through the UON Leadership Framework, all UON staff are supported to model good leadership practice and to develop their individual leadership styles and capabilities.

What makes a UON leader?

The UON Leadership Framework outlines a set of leadership capabilities that will support the strategic direction of the University by building leadership capability, a shared agenda and a strong leadership culture.

The framework comprises a set of principles which will set us on the path to delivering NeW Directions and the 2025 Vision. It outlines the expected behaviours and characteristics that will build leadership capacity and capability at UON and as such, is a significant step for recruitment and succession planning at the University.

Leadership capabilities