Strategy implementation

Our Strategy was launched in 2016 and provides a roadmap that sets out our goals in six key areas. Here you will find a timeline for implementation (PDF, 16kB) and updates on our progress as we put our strategy into effect over the next seven years.

Latest update: May 2017

Supercomputer speeds up research

This month saw the launch of Blue Crystal 4 (BC4), the University's new multi-million pound supercomputer. One of the fastest and most advanced systems in the UK, BC4 is capable of up to 600 trillion calculations per second and will allow researchers to process vast amounts of complex data at record speeds. Over 1,000 researchers and PhD students in areas such as paleobiology, biochemistry, physics, molecular modelling, life sciences, and aerospace engineering will benefit from the new system. 

Education and the student experience

We will provide an outstanding research-rich, innovative and inclusive education to prepare our students for a rapidly-changing world.

Research, innovation and partnerships

We will cement our position as one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities and be an exemplar of openness and collaboration.

Our staff and ways of working

We will recruit, develop and retain the best staff and provide them with a challenging, high-performing and supportive environment

  • Governance review
  • Personal development and performance management
  • Staff engagement plan
  • Increase diversity within our staff population

Internationalisation and global relations

We will further internationalise our student experience, deepen our alliances worldwide and reinforce our global reputation for excellence.

Physical and digital infrastructure

We will provide a welcoming, well-maintained and inclusive campus with everything our staff and students need to succeed and flourish.


We will work in partnership with students, the city and organisations around the globe to address social and environmental challenges.

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