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Research and Enterprise strategy

Our vision for research is that we will consolidate our position as a world-leading research intensive university, increasing our profile for generating knowledge and technologies that have real economic and social benefits for the world. We will produce high quality research and, through our distinctive interdisciplinary approach, focus on addressing society's greatest challenges.

Our Research and Enterprise strategy

To enhance our ability to change the world we will ensure our research is of the highest quality, that it underpins our education activities and that we generate the level of funding that maximises the volume of research we can sustainably undertake.

How will we achieve this?

World-leading academic staff and doctoral students

We will develop and recruit world-leading academic staff and doctoral students, supporting them at all stages of the career journey to win research funding and undertake world-changing research which is published in leading journals and other publications. In addition to the benefits this will bring for quality and financial sustainability, it will help develop the next generation of research leaders.

Growth and development

Providing an environment that stimulates such activities. This will increase the impact of our research, allow us to address major societal challenges and make us attractive to research funders.

Enhance our international profile

Ensure our research is positioned to enhance our international profile with academic, government and corporate partners and to influence opinion-formers and policy makers.

Enhance our enterprise

Enhance the distinctiveness of our strong enterprise ecosystem within a strategic framework. This will ensure the impact of our research, diversify our income streams and provide valuable opportunities for staff and students.

Recovering costs

Recover a greater portion of the direct and indirect costs of research by rebalancing our funder mix, performing accurate full-economic costing and charging for commercial research based on market price, not cost.

Strengthening interfaces

Strengthen the interfaces between the relevant professional services and internal stakeholders in our research & enterprise.


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