About us

Welcome from Professor Adrian Piccoli

Adrian Piccoli

During my years as Minister for Education in NSW, I had the privilege to see every day just how much effort and goodwill from parents, teachers, principals, and policymakers went into making a positive change in young people’s lives through education. The Gonski Institute for Education has been set up by UNSW Sydney with the express purpose of supporting that ongoing effort and goodwill. I invite you to get involved: tell us about your experiences of educational access; join us for a public lecture or professional development opportunity. 

Our Mission

Our core mission at the Gonski Institute is to address growing inequality in Australian education as well as improving access for students to high-quality education wherever they may go to school. We will do this by delivering practical, interdisciplinary research as well as focused professional development. We will conduct research, test potential solutions and contribute to policy, working closely with governments, educators, community groups and parent associations. As well as rural and regional students, we will strive to improve opportunities for disadvantaged students and students with disabilities, as well as providing the opportunities required by gifted and talented students. Our aim is for UNSW to be the national centre for excellence in school leadership, system and political leadership, and a global hub for scholars, policy-makers and thought leaders interested in research and practice in educational excellence, access and equity. 

Our Strategic Plan

A strategic plan by the Gonski Institute for Education outlines the institute as a key enabler and a powerful voice for change. The Gonski Institute for Education's mission is to fix the equity problem in education by understanding the problem, research with direct impact, advocate for change and empower decision makers.

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The Gonski Institute for Education Official Launch

The UNSW Gonski Institute for Education has officially launched. Based at UNSW’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Institute brings together scholars, policy-makers and practitioners to conduct research that will help improve academic and wellbeing outcomes particularly for disadvantaged students and those who live in rural and remote Australia.