- Business & Community
UoN provides a unified virtual and physical environment supporting the attainment of excellence and innovation in education and research
1.1 Build a technology environment supporting engagement and learning anywhere, anytime (24/7) using mobile and other virtual technologies, delivering at least 98 per cent availability.
1.2 Renew and upgrade UoN's technology infrastructure to ensure that 100 per cent of agreed core systems supporting education, research and administration are at current version or are on the programmed upgrade path.
1.3 Introduce a technology environment that facilitates administrative process re-engineering and streamlining across core academic and corporate systems and processes.
1.4 Adopt emerging technology that supports flexible user access from a range of devices off and on campus.
1.5 Deliver the scale, services and technology capability required for research, education and administration, concurrent with industry-standard disaster recovery and business continuity practices.
The UoN provides infrastructure for all modes of study and at all campuses and locations that supports world-class education and research
2.1 In 2013 undertake a UoN campus master planning across all locations and study modes, referencing requirements for blended learning and multidisciplinary, collaborative research neighbourhoods that focus on agreed priorities aligned to the 2025 Vision.
2.2 Ensure UoN project planning for all infrastructure initiatives encompasses the physical and technological needs of staff and students through all campuses and regions.
2.3 Identify opportunities to collaborate or share development of campus or community infrastructure through engagement with potential community and business partners.
2.4 Retain the unique natural environment of each of our campuses by adopting a sustainable approach to the development and management of UoN's physical assets.
2.5 Embody equity in the staff and student experience through a responsive virtual environment and quality physical facilities, including recreational, social, professional staff areas.
Quality physical and virtual environments across the University provide a vibrant student experience and staff culture
4.1 During the next 10 years, renew the staff work environment across all campuses to encourage social and collaborative interactions that improve the staff experience and actively support the University's research, teaching and learning approach.
4.2 Ensure an environment that maintains the health and safety of staff, students and visitors to the UoN, and actively enhances the work placement experience and safety of UoN students.
4.3 Engage with our communities and regions in all campus locations, and seek collaborative approaches to the development of relationships, services and infrastructure supporting campus life.
4.4 Conduct annual strategic student consultation to identify gaps in the provision of student services and amenities, recognising specific campus and/ or location needs and identify at least three (3) areas for improvement annually that can be addressed through the UoN capital or recurrent planning processes.
4.5 In partnership with campus service providers and other entities, identify, renew and expand UoN's virtual learning centres, accommodation, recreation, social and cultural facilities, and services across all locations, informed by staff and student feedback.
Quality infrastructure and services support the attainment of excellence in education
5.1 Create flexible teaching facilities that support innovation in pedagogy; provide for a variety of social, informal and collaborative spaces; support small group, blended and independent learning, reviewing 10 per cent of spaces annually to inform the program of works.
5.2 Support the establishment of ‘UoNline Plus’ as an initiative that will support the expansion and quality of online and ‘blended’ (virtual+) approaches across 80 per cent of the University's courses, implementing a holistic approach to information and educational technologies, and renewal of all teaching and learning environments — virtual and physical — across the UoN.
5.3 Create vibrant, innovative and engaging environments for students, including library, student hub, amenity and student support spaces, reviewing 10 per cent of all spaces annually to inform the program of works.
5.4 Benchmark with three (3) national and two (2) international comparable institutes to provide QA, and to inform UoN education infrastructure renewal and development projects.
5.5 Support the creation of a ‘Centre of Excellence in Equity for Higher Education’ with the business plan developed in 2013.
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