The Faculty’s Research and Knowledge Exchange strategy should be read in conjunction with that of the University. It specifically addresses the particular contexts, opportunities and priorities that pertain within the disciplines and looks firmly toward continued growth of the research base. It is aimed at optimising research quality both generally and in terms likely to enhance future REFs building on the good levels of success achieved in REF 2014.
The strategy is supported by vision statements for each of the disciplines. These set out aspirations for the research landscape, and the environment that the implementation and operation of the strategy will create.
The methods and metrics around these strategic ambitions will be subject to annual review within the operating planning cycle in order that resources can be targeted most effectively, and that the Faculty can respond to opportunities and changing frameworks. A key feature of research strategy will remain the effective translation of research objectives into Faculty Operational Plans, School and Departmental Research Strategies, Personal Research Plans and the management of finance and resources, such that all management and planning activities are properly and productively aligned.
Overarching strategic objectives from the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy, adopted by the Faculty are to:
- Pursue and support research of the highest quality that is, or has potential to become, recognised as internationally excellent or world leading.
- Promote and support collaborations and partnerships across the institution and with external partners locally, nationally and globally to enhance research excellence and facilitate knowledge exchange.
- Enhance the impact of research in its broadest terms, and widen dissemination of the benefit of local, regional and global communities, including staff and students.
The Faculty views ‘research’ and ‘knowledge exchange’ as being closely related and therefore all references to research apply equally to both impact generating activities.