Strategic Plan for Research & Enterprise

The Strategic Plan for Research and Enterprise sets out the foundations for our research and enterprise, the features that will characterise our research and enterprise, and the futures we anticipate. It is underpinned by our mission, values and University's Strategic Framework.

The Strategic Plan for Research and Enterprise is more than a strategy for the development of research and enterprise: it sets out a wide-ranging role and contribution for research and enterprise across the University.  In this respect, our research and enterprise is founded on a values-led duty and desire to contribute, a commitment to provide a distinctive student experience, and a belief that research and enterprise is a core part of our university identity:

A duty and desire to contribute

We are a values-led organisation with privileged access to knowledge and resources.

This places a duty and responsibility upon us to use that privileged access, as well as cultivating a desire to do so, to advance and apply knowledge to make enterprising and evidence informed contributions to the challenges facing society and so enhance and enrich people’s lives. 

A distinctive student experience

We are committed to providing our diverse student body with a high quality holistic student experience in relation to learning, the wider experience of the University and global citizenship.

This includes experiencing and influencing through co-creation the way in which our research and enterprise in particular, and global bodies of knowledge in general, can shape disciplines and influence policy and practice in the industries, sectors and communities in which students aspire to develop careers. 

A core part of our identity

Research and enterprise is a core contributor to our identity, and is at the forefront of the way in which our stakeholders and communities engage with and perceive the University.

It is key to our brand proposition, our reputation and influence, and makes a significant contribution to recruitment and retention of students and staff, to the student experience, and to the pride members of the University community, past, present and future, feel in their University.


Seven core features capture how our research and enterprise will be recognisable and distinctive across our diverse subject portfolio. They emphasise our values-led approach, our learning community as a partnership between staff and students, and the role of research and enterprise in defining our University identity. 

Our research and enterprise will be:

  • to the issues and problems that matter to communities and society;
  • to the industries, sectors and communities that we serve, and in which our students and alumni aspire to develop and advance careers;
  • to the local and regional economy, taking, translating and applying our knowledge resources and insights to places and people, and providing thought leadership;
  • to the curriculum, through which students will be able to touch and experience, and through co-creation participate in and influence, the research that underpins their education and enhances their employability, as well as understand its uses and impact;
  • in supporting examples of our excellence in research and enterprise that will evolve to remain relevant to global and societal challenges, and have outstanding and prominent impact and visibility beyond the University and in the curriculum.
  • through involvement in world-leading and internationally recognised substantive research that advances disciplines and is clearly visible within the curriculum;
  • in undertaking research, delivering enterprising activities or externally engaging in ways that have an ethical, evidence-led and demonstrable impacton sector or industry policy or practice locally, regionally, nationally or internationally;
  • in delivering externally recognised scholarship of practice, either the practice and pedagogy of HE, or the practice of the professions, that demonstrably impacts upon HE practice across the subject or discipline, or upon practice across the profession.
  • between staff and students, and our partners in, and the users of, our research and enterprise;
  • between the University’s learning community and the global bodies of knowledge and subject disciplines that support the advancement, translation and application of knowledge;
  • through developing physical and virtual spaces for collaboration, both within our campuses and embedded across the regional economy, including strategic partnerships with other further and higher education providers, to facilitate innovation, enterprise and research excellence.
  • for our students, who will grow to be enterprising and research literate, with demonstrable experience and expertise to access, assess, develop and deploy the knowledge base that supports success in the industries, sectors and communities in which they wish to develop and advance careers;
  • for our staff, who will transcend traditional boundaries and practices, and be challenging and open to challenge in addressing contemporary debates, problems and issues;
  • for our partners in, and users of, our research and enterprise, and the wider public who will recognise our University as a site for the creative exchange of ideas and the development of ethical, evidence-led and practical solutions.
  • by subject disciplines and research funders, who will recognise our work as making a significant, ethical and evidence-led contribution to contemporary debates and the advancement of knowledge;
  • by the local and regional economy, who will recognise our research, knowledge exchange and enterprise as supporting social, economic and cultural prosperity;
  • by our students, who will have a right to expect that their curriculum is designed and delivered by staff who are shaping disciplines and influencing policy and practice in the industries, sectors and communities in which they aspire to develop and advance careers;
  • by the public, who will recognise our contributions as values-led and enhancing and enriching people’s lives.
  • in cultivating a learning community that fosters creative challenge and exchange, where staff and students can be co-creators of world leading and internationally recognised insight and understanding;
  • in drawing on our knowledge resources and insights to develop enterprising and innovative solutions for businesses, professions, the public and third sectors, communities and wider society;
  • in supporting staff, students and alumni to develop community, cultural and commercial enterprises that contribute to the public good and generate a social and financial return on investment.
  • through engaging with global and societal challenges, focusing on enduring problems and long-term solutions;
  • in cultivating an enterprising mindset and research literacy among students that allows them to thrive as knowledge bases change and evolve in a future we cannot clearly describe;
  • in supporting career progression and evidence led practice through high quality staff development that both builds capacity and supports excellence in research and enterprise;
  • through building specialist capacities and expertise that can evolve to stand the test of time and remain relevant for an uncertain future.



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