Our strategic issues

Our strategic issues

Looking Ahead seeks to respond to a number of local, national and global strategic issues and opportunities.

  • Our communities want us to provide leadership on issues that impact on our regions, such as entrenched inequality, a transitioning economy, balancing land use and climate change.
  • Our communities increasingly expect the University of Newcastle to take a leadership position on environmental sustainability.
  • Competition for students, research funding and industry partnerships is increasing both within the sector and beyond from non-traditional competitors.
  • Economic power continues to shift from West to East, and education and research are increasingly globalised.
  • Digital and micro-credential disruption of the higher education sector is accelerating.
  • Addressing global challenges and opportunities such as delivering upon the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Student expectations are pivoting toward personalised experience, flexible study and developing practical skills for a workforce in which they will have multiple careers.
  • Understanding the Federal and State policy horizon is key to leveraging opportunities.
Staff members: Dr Paul Stolk and Dr Tamara Young

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.