Our shared, anchoring purpose and commitment to improve life on earth.
We’re inviting you to join us in developing UNSW’s first Societal Impact Framework. In February 2024 we will commence a University-wide consultation process to identify areas where UNSW can have the greatest positive impact on society. The framework will also define our unique capabilities that enable our societal impact, and guide how we measure and evaluate it. The consultation process is a critical data collection mechanism for understanding where UNSW excels and why.
Societal impact encompasses the ability to improve the world by progressing environmental sustainability and resilience, social cohesion and wellbeing, and economic prosperity for all. As society grows more dynamic and complex, we need to be increasingly innovative, multi-disciplinary and strategic in our approach.
All our professional and academic staff contribute to our societal impact and are invited to register to participate in the workshops held at UNSW Kensington (territory of the Bedegal people) and UNSW Canberra (territory of the Ngunnawal people), with dedicated sessions for Indigenous peoples. The insights from these workshops will contribute to informing our first Societal Impact Framework.
The workshops are a unique opportunity to better understand UNSW's achievements, identify unique strengths that enable societal impact, and discover new opportunities to create meaningful change. There will also be an option to participate in an online survey if you can't attend the workshops.
The Societal Impact Framework consultations include students, staff and our extended UNSW community including alumni, government representatives, philanthropists, and industry and non-profit leaders, and form one stream of a broader consultation process to define the next UNSW Strategy.
Find out more about and register for our Societal Impact Framework consultations.
Why it matters: hear from our Vice-Chancellor and President
“The Societal Impact Framework will be our shared, anchoring purpose for all that we do.”
– Attila Brungs, UNSW Sydney Vice-Chancellor and President