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Developing our future vision

As the University enters its third century, we are asking everyone – colleagues, students, alumni and external stakeholders alike – to have their say about the kind of institution we want to be and the direction we want to take.

Our Future is an initiative which encourages fresh thinking about the opportunities and challenges higher education and our own University will face beyond 2030.

Think boldly and freely, and share your thoughts and ideas, so that the combined experience and expertise from across our University shapes our future vision and strategy.

Your Big Ideas

Last October we asked you to come up with some Big Ideas – and you didn’t disappoint. From shaping our stance on sustainability to the structure of our degrees, hundreds of ideas were submitted. Prominent among the numerous innovative and creative concepts was one consistent theme – ‘how we do things’, and in particular our University’s culture and values. As part of the next phase, we are asking you to help us to bring these values to light…

Our Future: Themes

Based on feedback from the Our Future consultation and the continuing efforts of colleagues this year, seven themes have been developed, with a member of the Senior Leadership Team leading on each.



Civic Engagement James Thompson
Global Influence Luke Georghiou
Innovation  Luke Georghiou
Our People, Our Values Patrick Hackett
Research and Discovery Colette Fagan
Social Responsibility James Thompson
Teaching and Learning Clive Agnew

There will be more opportunities to contribute to each theme’s development over the coming months.