We have a diverse portfolio of approaches and practices to research, our strategy recognises that success depends on the empowerment, support and contribution of staff and students within the supportive community that they create.  

The University's 2020 vision is for all staff engaged in learning and teaching to achieve a research profile of national or international repute and will support areas of excellence to grow and flourish. 

We are well on the way to achieving this vision as indicated by the University exceptional performance in the most recent UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF) which confirmed that 90% of our submitted research was at an international level with 15% classified as ‘world-leading’. For full details follow this link.

We undertake a research that makes a real difference to society, to this end many staff are involved in consultancy with private and public sector organisations, work with professional associations, act as advisors for government bodies, and work in collaboration with academics at home and abroad. 

Our researchers are supported in their own development and we have a number of schemes and initiatives in place to this effect as part of our alignment with the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers . The University achieved the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award in November 2013. Since then, we have been working hard to enhance and improve the support, guidance and infrastructure to facilitate the continuing development of our researchers.  The following three documents are the outcome of that review process:

  1. Two year review
  2. New action plan 2015-16 to 2016-17
  3. Original action plan with progress made

These documents are available to download by clicking on the 'Downloads' button at the bottom left of the page .

The  European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award is:

‘A UK-wide process, incorporating the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Chapter B11: Research Degrees and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, enables institutions to gain the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award, acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment’ 

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