Our future journey
Research and innovative practice at the University is stitched into the fabric of the institution. For almost one hundred years researchers have been challenging themselves in order to improve society.
Our new Strategic Plan 2016 – 2021 will ensure that our work in this area continues. We will develop and enhance the real world impact research for which we are renowned.
We will realign our research portfolio and focus our innovative practice in support of our six key areas of academic strength - Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering; Health Sciences and Wellbeing; Computing Software and Big Data; Education and Society; Business and Law and Arts, Design and Media.
This will help us build on the ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ research currently being carried out in these areas, recognised in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
However, we will broaden our research scope beyond the REF, in order to ensure it is effective and impactful in areas where it is needed most. We will focus on applied research and practice, funded via Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and other independent external income sources.
Our commitment to innovative practice will be strong, and will be evident in our teaching and learning provision. We will build on the already high number of National Teaching Fellows and Higher Education Academy Fellows over the next five years.
During the life of the new Strategic Plan 2016 – 2021 we will show that our research and practice is contemporary with immediate impact for our communities, business partners and students.