Professor Elaine Stratford, head of the Underwood Centre, to leave directorship

Professor Elaine Stratford has resigned from her role as head of the University of Tasmania’s Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment. 

The Underwood Centre aims to improve educational attainment in Tasmania, in turn driving associated benefits.

Professor Stratford was appointed to the directorship in mid-2015, and will leave the role to focus on her research interests within the field.

The Underwood Centre was established in early 2015 in Hobart. 

Professor Stratford was thanked by the University of Tasmania for her instrumental role in transforming the vision for the Underwood Centre into reality. 

“I am inspired by the mission and promise of the Underwood Centre, so it has been a very great honour to help bring it into being,” Professor Stratford said. 

“I have a deep-seated belief in the power of education to lift people and the communities in which they live, and a profound commitment to this island place and its young people.

“Now the Underwood Centre is well-established and a great team is delivering on its mission, it is time to focus my energies on related research and continue to have positive impact on Tasmania’s learning future over time.”

Professor Stratford said she would work on “several important research projects”.

In the short-term, the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, students and education, Professor David Sadler will oversee strategic and management of the Underwood Centre.

Professor Sadler said Professor Stratford had provided strong leadership, and brought energy and enthusiasm to the role.