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While land use in and around the Crawley campus is dominated by teaching, learning and research, the University recognises it is a significant part of the greater Crawley community and business area.
The University’s current Strategic Plan articulates a vision, which includes the following defining characteristics:
The Operational Priorities Plan 2009-2013 states that The University will continue to support a strategy of seeking and achieving funded growth, commensurate with the University's comprehensive teaching and research character and with a continued commitment to quality. It articulates an enrolment target of approximately 25,000 students by 2020 with an appropriate course type mix though this student number may be reached earlier.
The physical location of faculties on campus has generally followed Gordon Stephenson’s principle of ‘locating like departments and facilities in functional groups’ established in 1954. The decision in 2009 to move towards a new course structure (New Courses 2012) of core undergraduate degrees will have an impact on the grouping of activities on campus.
The Campus Plan 2010 is addressing future growth through analysing the maximum growth scenarios for the campus.
Research activity has increased dramatically since 2000 with numerous research centres established at the University. These include the 2010 opening of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research. Funding for research has increased significantly, in line with the University’s move towards a more research intensive split with teaching. There have also been increased partnerships and collaborations between the University and government, industry, and other institutions. Increased funding has also come through the Western Australian Government, with research facilities such as the Western Australian Marine Science Institute (WAMSI), and the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) at QEII and Fiona Stanley Hospital underway. The University has determined six strategic research areas, and several emerging and seed priorities to provide focus and direction.
The strategic areas are:
Organisations in partnership with the University currently occupy 3.5 per cent of all campus building space. The University often places staff on other institutions’ sites such as CSIRO at Floreat. It is expected that further research partnerships will see additional staff and researchers located on UWA land over the coming decade as research becomes more collaborative.
There is an increased demand for temporary accommodation or pre-built flexibly serviced workspace, into which the University can immediately house researchers on appointment while specific construction projects are completed for more permanent housing. There is potential for dedicated research hubs and sites will be required for business incubators to transfer research to industry.