Strategy 2030

Our vision, purpose and values

Learn how our vision, purpose and values will shape our priorities for the next 10 years.

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Our vision

Our graduates, and the knowledge we discover with our partners, make the world a better place.

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Our purpose

As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.

Our values

We aim to achieve excellence in all that we do, always being principled, considerate and respectful.
Our teaching and research is relevant to society and we are diverse, inclusive and accessible to all.
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We are ambitious, bold and act with integrity, always being willing to listen.
We foster a welcoming community, where staff, students, alumni and friends feel proud to be part of our University.
We celebrate and strengthen our deep-rooted and distinctive internationalism, attracting the world’s best minds and building innovative global partnerships for research, teaching and impact.
We sustain a deep allegiance and commitment to the interests of the city and region in which we are based, alongside our national and international efforts, ensuring relevance to all.
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We are a place of transformation and of self-improvement, driven to achieve benefit for individuals, communities, societies and our world.