Can you help us reimagine the future of UTS? If you’ve ever thought “why doesn’t UTS…”, then here’s your chance.
As we move into our 30th year, it's time to develop our next long-term strategy… and we’d love your help. Over the past couple of months, we’ve been very busy asking our staff, alumni and industry/community partners for their ideas to help our strategy development process. But, of course, it is vital that we get the input of our students too.
We have had a number of engagements across the university with students including, in early June, a workshop with 26 student participants representing almost all faculties. It was very valuable and generated a number of important insights, but, because we want our reach to be as wide as possible, we are writing to our whole student body for your insights and input too. Essentially, we’d like to know what you think the future of UTS should look like going forward.
Several common themes have emerged across all consultations so far, including:
- The importance of a personalised, seamless experience for students, staff, alumni and external partners
- The importance of technology platforms that enable collaboration, effectiveness and a differentiated experience
- Creating a virtual campus experience that mirrors the on-campus experience
- Staff and students as lifelong learners – there is a fundamental challenge here for UTS to create opportunities for learning and the development of staff and students together
- University as a mentor – facilitating opportunities for personal growth and exploration within the university setting to help students and staff find their purpose and realise their potential.
Students as learners and partners of UTS
As expected, the importance of ongoing student engagement has been reinforced during the consultation process. We have begun an initiative to engage with students particularly around the concept of a lifetime of learning. The key questions we must explore is how we can connect and engage with students, as they become alumni, more meaningfully to support personal learning and growth while meeting industry and workforce needs.
We have created a UTS2027 Strategy assessment task for students as part of our Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCII), which is being run this month and should give us another important window into student thinking. In addition, we are involved with a BCII alumni hackathon which is exploring the theme “The Future of University”.
Together with proposals from leadership and initiatives carried over from previous strategies, ideas from our community will inform the development of our strategy which will be finalised by the end of the year.
How you can get engaged
If you have any burning thoughts, ideas or insights you think we need to know about, or would like a copy of the report on the workshop with students, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org