Governance and Strategic Planning

Realising our Vision

Here you can find information on the plan’s Vision, Mission, Strategic Goals, Enablers, and Themes


To recruit and develop the world's most promising students and most outstanding staff and be a truly global university benefiting society as a whole.


Our Mission

The mission of our University is the creation, dissemination and curation of knowledge. As a world-leading centre of academic excellence we aim to:

  • enhance our position as one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities and to measure our performance against the highest international standards
  • provide the highest quality learning and teaching environment for the greater wellbeing of our students and deliver an outstanding educational portfolio
  • produce graduates fully equipped to achieve the highest personal and professional standards
  • make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world, promoting health, economic growth and cultural wellbeing.


Realising our Vision

Our strategic goals are excellence in education, research and innovation.

Our three enablers represent what we need to realise our goals.

Our six strategic themes guide our approach to achieving these goals.

Our commitment to our Strategic Plan is collective and democratic: the entire University is responsible for its delivery and achievement

We monitor and report on progress against our KPIs and targets annually. We anticipate that, over time, the aims and objectives for each of the strategic goals will remain essentially the same, with the strategies, KPIs and targets being modified in response to changes in our operating environment.