This year we are devising a new plan that will guide the way the University develops in the years ahead.
Such a plan should begin with a statement of the University's overall strategy. The statement that follows is the result of much thought, consultation and debate, and I am grateful to all the staff, students and other stakeholders who contributed to its production.
Some members of the University may have reservations about some aspects of the strategy - that is probably inevitable - but I believe it fairly represents the opinions of the majority.
The purpose of the strategy is to ensure the continuing upward trajectory of the University so that it firmly consolidates its position as an acknowledged international leader and a source of pride for staff, students and the city. It follows that this statement must be actively employed as the template upon which the strategic plans in every part of the University are developed.
Professor John Thomas
A clear vision in which academic ambitions are the cornerstone of all planning
Research intensive - combining individual scholarship with focus, critical mass and thematic areas of activity
A diverse, socially representative and able student population experiencing an education which is intellectually demanding and provides relevant skills for the 21st century
Internationally competitive and profiled
Collaborative - locally, nationally and internationally
A mutually supportive and equal working environment in which all staff feel their needs are recognised, valued and rewarded
No two tribes - support services are responsive to customer needs, academics value the importance and role of support services
Working with students to provide the best environment for their education and well-being
Growth in postgraduate students
Increased financial independence
Decision making which is consultative, transparent, inclusive and well communicated
An organisational structure that collocates decision making, financial control, administration and accountability
Acknowledged contributor economically, socially and culturally to the city and region