Explore our Action Plan for 2020, which details the progress you can expect to see over the next 12 months.
I am pleased to present the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences’ 2020 Action Plan.
As we approach the mid-way point of Beyond 2018, I’m proud of the progress we have made towards achieving our ambitious plan and in confirming our position as the leading health and biomedical faculty in both Australia and Asia.
Since the launch of Beyond 2018, we have rolled out many new initiatives across each of the five core pillars that underpin our strategic plan. Research deserves a special mention this year as we have seen over 20 new research leaders join the Faculty through Driving Research Momentum, 35 talented researchers recognised through new Kate Campbell Fellowships and a successful transition to the new NHMRC and MRFF schemes, with the Faculty securing our largest share of investigator grant funding to date.
In 2020, we will welcome our largest ever student cohort and place a special emphasis on enhancing student experience and maximising the possibilities of our educational portfolio with a special emphasis on deepening the personal connection with our undergraduates.
I would also like to draw your attention to the transformative work of our schools – the work being done to redesign curricula, enhance student experience, build multidisciplinary research through research hubs and collaborative initiatives, the emphasis on digital and informatics in education and research, and the many efforts to provide additional mentorship and leadership training. To keep up with these expanding developments, we will need more space. Therefore, a major effort across the Faculty in 2020 and beyond will be a three-phase program for refurbished, renovated and expanded facilities, with dedicated space for fostering new partnerships and industry engagement with current and future precinct partners.
Next year will also see the launch of the University’s ten-year strategy called Advancing Melbourne. The early draft of the University Strategy is exciting for us as a faculty as it reinforces the core of what we do – education and discovery – and provides a framework for the University and Faculty to achieve even more across the precinct, in partnerships and towards global impact. We look forward to engaging with the wider University community next year to see how we can contribute to Advancing Melbourne.
None of this would be achievable without the exceptional colleagues in this faculty. So, I am thankful to the many of you across the Faculty for the progress made to date and our plans for the coming year. I also offer my sincere thanks to our outgoing Heads of School, Professors Terry Nolan and Mike Morgan, who have who have been inspirational school heads and valued members of the University community during their more than 20 years of service.
Professor Shitij Kapur
Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Health