Our Strategic Plan is the practical tool we use to make our ambitions a reality.

Watch the video to hear Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett explain more about what we stand for and where we want to be.

Explore the rest of this website to read more detail on our plans and see examples of what we're doing.

What we stand for

Our mission, vision and identity explain who we are, where we've come from, our values and where we're going. 

Mission, vision and identity

Guiding principles

We use these to guide everything we do. Keep updated with examples of this in action using the case studies below.

Our six guiding principles

Measuring success

We set objectives across our six guiding principles and use performance indicators to measure what we achieve.

How are we doing?

Case studies

Achieving Excellence

Nuclear waste

The power to reduce nuclear waste worldwide

Our process for reducing the volume of nuclear waste will make its storage safer and more cost effective.

Cultivating Ambition

Student with ADOPT participant

Inspiring dentists of the future

Our unique dental outreach scheme helps teenagers in our region turn their dreams into degrees.

Making a Difference

Ombudsman book and hammer

Transforming the role of ombudsmen

We're helping ombudsmen gain greater powers to resolve public complaints and hold the government and other organisations accountable.

Working Together

Richard III skeleton

Radiocarbon dating curve is the key to unlocking the past and informing policy

Through collaboration we've developed an internationally-recognised method for reliably dating items up to 50,000 years old.

Protecting the Future


Protecting a global population from killer robots

We are driving global policy and practice to ban the use and development of military robots.

Leading the Way


Revolutionary rumour detector for social media

We're leading a global collaboration to create a sophisticated rumour detector for social media.

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Download print-friendly updated Strategic Plan 2010-2015 PDFs (PDF, 922KB)

PDF downloads

This website includes much of the content from our Strategic Plan. You can also download print-friendly versions of the three updated Strategic Plan 2010-2013 documents here: