As the University of Opportunity and Success, Victoria University is committed to:

  • providing educational and training opportunities for any student from any background

  • undertaking applied and translational research that impacts industry, communities and policy

  • strongly engaging with the communities that VU is part of – locally and globally.

Sport, to that end, is a wonderful 'opportunity and success' platform and as such has a special place at VU.

World-class research

The Institute for Health & Sport (IHES) provides the platform for VU's world-class research, addressing real-world problems of local, national and global relevance in both health and sport, across four key areas of research focus:

  • Clinical & community health & wellbeing
  • Healthy & inclusive communities - Sport, physical activity & culture
  • Mechanisms & interventions in health & disease
  • Sport performance & business.

VU researchers were recognised for their global standing in the latest Australian Research Council Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) results, with our human movement and sport science research receiving the highest rating of 5 (well above world standard).

Our $68 million high-technology facility is accessed by students, researchers & professional sports teams. The range of facilities include:

Sport courses & teaching

Victoria University is one of Australia's most recognisable sport universities.

We have an outstanding reputation in sport, exercise science, health and fitness, gained through our extensive offering of sport-related courses and world-class facilities.

Also unique to VU is our significant research and partnerships, as well as our leading academic staff.

We have the largest number of students enrolled in sport courses, and more sports industry partners than any other university. We also have the most graduates working in the sport industry.

Industry engagement

We've engaged with more than 300 professional sporting bodies and employers to deliver better and faster employment prospects, grow our applied and translational research opportunities, drive further opportunities for commercial endeavour and actively contribute to community health and wellbeing.

Our partnerships benefit our students through placement opportunities and industry-relevant curriculum development, as well as the broader VU community through collaborative research and programs dedicated to improving health and wellbeing. Some of our partners include:

Sport participation

Our sport infrastructure allows for sport participation from grassroots involvement through to the preparation for and assessment of elite sport performance.

We are focused on:

  • developing Footscray Park campus as the heart of a Maribyrnong Health, Sport and Active Living Precinct through partnerships with sport, government and community
  • improving and expanding existing VU sport facilities and developing new facilities to enrich the staff and student sport experience at VU
  • growing and strengthening programs for student and staff participation in enhancing their wellbeing through sport.