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Victoria University announces launch of VU Research

Victoria University is excited to announce VU Research, a bold plan to unify and strengthen its research and research training.

VU Research is the next step in Victoria University’s strategic transformation to better support its students, industry, and local communities of the west of Melbourne and beyond.

“This is a crucial step in our ongoing strategy to ensure that Victoria University remains an innovative and agile place of learning as we work towards achieving high quality and high impact research in our areas of strength”, said Professor Peter Dawkins (AO) Vice-Chancellor and President, Victoria University.

The University’s research, which was formerly spread across six VU higher education colleges, and 12 research centres and institutes, will be united within VU Research. This new University wide research department is committed to building research focus, performance and reputation by enhancing the quality, impact, and sustainability of research and research training for the communities and industries which the University services in Melbourne’s west.

Victoria University’s current higher degree by research (HDR) students will join VU Research with the University committed to maintaining their existing arrangements for supervision, scholarships and other research support. In future, the University will provide a highly focussed research training programs to HDR students within its priority research areas.

Victoria University’s existing areas of disciplinary expertise within its flagship areas of Sport, Health and Active Living, and Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities, as well as the University’s Policy and Engagement entities (the Australian Health Policy Collaboration, Sir Zelman Cowan Centre and Mitchell Institute) will continue to thrive and develop.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Training) Professor Warren Payne said the new structure will allow research students and supervisors to conduct exciting new multidisciplinary research, and be supported by a stronger intellectual climate and research community.

“VU Research will forge even stronger ties between research and teaching at Victoria University, while focussing on developing innovative learning programs for our students. VU Research will also make an important contribution to the University’s financial sustainability objectives,” said Professor Payne.

The new VU Research aligns with Victoria University’s objectives to be open, excellent and financially sustainable and complements the university’s ongoing transformation that includes the First Year Model and the VU Academy.

In the 2017-2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Victoria University ranked in the top two per cent of universities, ranked among the world’s finest institutions for its core missions of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Victoria University’s new VU Research Model confirms VU’s growing, global reputation as a world-class university in Melbourne’s West.

Professor Warren Payne - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Training) is available for comment.

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