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The University takes its public and social responsibility seriously. We are committed to making the world a better place. This approach is embedded in everything we do, from partnerships with local and global organisations to our research and teaching.

"Our University does not exist for itself alone, and it never has. It was founded by individuals and groups who had a profound belief in the public value of universities for the economy, for health, for changes in the lives of children and of a community."
President & Vice-Chancellor Sir Keith Burnett: Strategic Plan

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A CIVIC UNIVERSITY

Through the work of our students, staff and our operations we make a difference locally and globally. We are a civic university for the 21st century.

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ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

Working with colleagues close to home and around the world, we're finding new and innovative ways to contribute to a more sustainable world.

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SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE STUDENTS AND GRADUATES

We teach the value of civic responsibility. We encourage social entrepreneurship. And we provide support for those who want to make a difference.

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WORKING ETHICALLY

Ethical and sustainable procurement is a key concern for our University. We also strive to be a remarkable place to work – we're proud to be recognised as a top 100 employer by the Sunday Times.