Our future journey
Our drive to offer those with talent, regardless of background, the opportunity to enter higher education has been profound, and has so far led to life-changing experiences for close to 50,000 graduates.
We are acknowledged as having been the UK leader in widening access to higher education for the past 25 years. Our commitment in this area has led us to the top of the Government’s performance indicators. Throughout this period we have been highlighted by Government, by the higher education sector and by other relevant organisations, as an exemplar of best practice. Numerous accolades and awards have been received in recognition of this life-changing strategy.
Our excellent, inspiring work in this area will remain a key focus within the new Strategic Plan 2016 – 2021.
We will continue to raise aspirations for people from all walks of life, and during all stages of life. We will extend our commitment to attract and support harder to reach people, not just in the UK, but across the world.
We will ensure that students, such as looked after young people, mature learners and minority groups, receive the support and opportunities that will allow them to develop personally and gain the confidence and drive to make a significant contribution to society. We will not only prepare our students for the world of work we will prepare them to be able to compete in the world at large, dealing with the challenges it brings and the opportunities it offers.
We will open up new networks and connections for these students and offer personal support and guidance throughout their learning journey, empowering them to seize their opportunities as we act as an agent of social change. We will work with our partners, our supporters and our alumni to achieve these aims.
Our product offer will develop in support of these aims. It will reflect the nature of our diverse global student body, which includes students from differing cultures and backgrounds and who join us at different stages in life. We will satisfy these varying needs by developing programmes which are more diverse and flexible.
We will develop degree apprenticeships that allow greater choice for students in line with the needs of business and industry. We will enhance our part-time provision to offer relevant and attractive career accelerators. We will ensure blended and distance learning, as well as flipped classroom models, are available across our academic offer.
Our offer will be distinctive, allowing students to become lifelong partners in the institution, able to access career accelerators and updated learning and practice throughout their lifetime.