Research Environment

We will create and sustain a research environment that promotes the development of its members and thereby allows us, individually and as a group, to be our most productive and effective. This environment will:

a)        Be ambitious by

  • Encouraging, motivating, and challenging members to contribute their best.
  • Benchmarking against the best.
  • Seeking out new opportunities, big research questions and bold steps.
  • Recognising our successes and achievements.

b)   Value quality and integrity by

  • Challenging our findings and data to ensure it is reliable.
  • Using rigorous statistical methods to establish confidence in our data.
  • Ensure quality of communication of results to make clear what can and cannot be concluded based on our research.

c)    Be creative and innovative by

  • Exploring alternate approaches and multiple perspectives.
  • Challenging our assumptions to identify new options.
  • Encouraging different modes of thinking (e.g. inductive, deductive, and associative).
  • Exploring broader issues and related research questions.

d)   Be collaborative and interactive by

  • Facilitating open communication and an ongoing exchange of ideas within the group.
  • Seeking opportunities across the University for collaboration.
  • Networking and interacting with a range of external stakeholders.
  • Encouraging integration across disciplines.

e)   Be open and supportive by

  • Encouraging constructive conflict; critiquing and not criticizing.
  • Encouraging effective feedback.
  • Encouraging knowledge transfer from senior to junior members.
  • Being fair and distributing responsibilities equitably.

f)     Promote breadth and depth by

  • Examining issues in terms of both breadth and depth so as to identify where key questions or opportunities for progress lie.
  • Encouraging depth through formal learning such as courses.
  • Encouraging breadth through interaction and group meeting presentations.

g)        Promote personal growth by

  • Providing conceptual knowledge to promote personal awareness.
  • Encouraging reflection on personal experiences and sharing this with others.
  • Encouraging individuals to lead and take on responsibility while providing guidance.

h)   Be outward looking by

  • Staying informed on the state-of the science.
  • Seeking opportunities for impact and knowledge translation.
  • Being aware of the relevance of our research.

i)     Be productive by

  • Being organised while using flexible structures (e.g. teams).
  • Adopting new tools (e.g. web based scheduling and management).