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Strategic Plan 2021-2028: Foreword

We have a long and successful history of giving our students an outstanding higher education experience, enriched by real-world, practical learning opportunities and our second-to-none support services.

We’re proud to offer these life-changing opportunities to everyone who can benefit from them, whatever their background or their personal circumstances.

Our historical achievements make us rightly proud, but we’ll never stop evolving, improving and making the most of new opportunities. Over the coming years, we’ll continue to be innovative and strive for excellence in everything we do. This applies especially to our teaching and the outstanding support we offer which enables our students to realise their potential.

By regularly reviewing our vision, mission, aspirations and strategic priorities, we’ll continue to grow as an institution, remaining relevant and innovative in our ever-changing world. We’ll continue to enhance our already strong position of leading the way in modern learning.

"I’m confident that, with the talent and dedication of colleagues across our University, we’ll accomplish everything we’re setting out to achieve."

Professor Graham Baldwin, Vice-Chancellor

This strategy identifies our priorities for the next seven years, building on the strong foundations we’ve established over many years. These strengths define our identity.

Looking towards our 200-year anniversary, our priorities are many and varied. They include our unwavering focus on people, our innovative approach to teaching and learning, and our ever-increasing reputation in research and its effect on society. Not forgetting our role as a civic university, our commitment to growing the regional economy, our continued focus on environmental and sustainability agendas, and our developing status as a global institution.

You’ll see that our strategy is both optimistic and ambitious. I’m confident that, with the talent and dedication of colleagues across our University, we’ll accomplish everything we’re setting out to achieve. Together we’ll have a positive and sustained influence on the many lives we touch, regionally, nationally and internationally.

As always, our students will be at the heart of everything we do. They can be assured that during their time with us, they’ll gain the knowledge and skills to achieve their ambitions, and the passion and confidence to shape their future.

Professor Graham Baldwin

Vice-Chancellor