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University Social Responsibility at UNSW AUSTRALIA

UNSW AUSTRALIA is proud to be one of the founding members of the University Social Responsibility Network. The University has a strong commitment to social responsibility which is clearly set out within the three main strategic priorities of the University. These priorities encompass academic excellence, social engagement and global impact.

Over the next ten years UNSW AUSTRALIA sets out to put university social responsibility in action systemically at a local and global level.

At a global level UNSW sets out to work with others to improve the lives of those who suffer disadvantage and are marginalised.  The University intends to be known for improving the lives of others as part of its strong commitment to more equitable and just societies.  This will be through partnering with others to find and implement sustainable solutions to some of the big challenges facing all of us.

At a local level the University also intends to put its commitment to a just society into practice through looking at solutions to help to address the socio-economic gap in society and reduce the educational disadvantage suffered by some communities.

Many initiatives supporting the commitment to social responsibility are in place. These include research focusing on climate change (http://www.ccrc.unsw.edu.au) and initiatives encouraging involvement from the wider UNSW community (http://sustainability.unsw.edu.au/news/2015/09/unsw-ideas-grand-climate-challenge).  To meet other global challenges, a natural disaster recovery initiative has been set up aimed at educational and research projects which will assist in the long term recovery phase after a major event anywhere in the world (http://www.president.unsw.edu.au/news/unsw-natural-disaster-recovery-initiative). At a local level, UNSW ASPIRE, a longitudinal outreach program has been working with a number of schools with some success to address entrenched educational disadvantage (http://www.aspire.unsw.edu.au).

More on the UNSW Strategic Plan 2015-2025 can be found at https://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/