Our university

32000 Students, 4500 Staff and £300m TurnoverWe provide people from all backgrounds with the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and experience to succeed at whatever they choose to do. As one of the UK’s largest and most progressive universities, our teaching, research and partnerships are characterised by a focus on real world impact – addressing the health, economic and social challenges facing society today.

We are ambitious for our university, our students, our colleagues, our partners, our city and our region. Our vision is to be the world's leading applied university; showing what a university genuinely focused on transforming lives can achieve.

Our mission

We transform lives. We shape our students' futures, preparing them for whatever they choose to do, and create knowledge that provides practical solutions to real world challenges.

A group of people sitting at a table in the Hertha Ayrton STEM CentreOur vision

We will be the world's leading applied university, achieving outstanding outcomes for our students and society, showing the world what a university genuinely focused on transforming lives can achieve.

We want to be known for innovative teaching and learning. We want to be known for research which makes a real difference. We want to be known for our engagement with our city and region, linking both to the world beyond. And we want to be known for our professionalism and the quality of our services.

A group of people walking outside of the Owen building entranceThese aspirations – to shape futures, to create knowledge, to lead locally and engage globally, to be a truly great university – underpin our ambitious Transforming Lives strategy which we adopted in 2017, and which has reshaped the way the University thinks, works, and acts.

In 2020, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, we did something few other universities were confident, or engaged enough to do: we stress-tested and reshaped our strategy whilst responding to the pandemic. We reviewed Transforming Lives through an inclusive process which engaged staff throughout the University. 

We committed to a radical programme of change which will streamline our offer, focus our impact and embed agile and collaborative working in every aspect of the University. All geared around an expansive vision of an ‘extended campus’ fusing the physical and digital.

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