Research and Innovation Culture

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Our Research Culture

​Discover the principles, values and aims underpinning our research and innovation culture

Always working to the highest standards, we deliver research and innovation with impact, within a dynamic, expansive and collaborative culture.

We pursue bold ideas in creative ways, and using the exceptional resources – from our technical facilities to our excellent academic staff – to find answers to the most-pressing global challenges.

We work with purpose, in collaboration with our partners inside the University and outside it, in both business and academia. We're always seeking new funding opportunities, creating and testing new ideas, and exploring alternative applications for our discoveries.

Our performance in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 proves our success so far, and our plans for the future are more ambitious than ever.

These are the principles and values that define our research culture, and which help shape our Research Vision and Strategy.

Research principles

Conducting ourselves with the highest standards of academic, professional and research integrity, we will:

  • Foster an institutional culture which recognises and supports the development of the widest possible range of high-quality research and innovation activities to which staff and students contribute.
  • Develop a number of overarching themes across our existing and emergent research and innovation strengths, drawing together expertise from different disciplines to enhance our capacity and profile in areas with potentially transformative impacts.
  • Establish ourselves as a key partner of choice for research and innovation collaborations at a local, national and international level.
  • Continuously improve our research and innovation profile, as measured by key national and international benchmarks, and strive to deliver maximum benefit to society from our activities.
  • Expand our postgraduate research student numbers, enhancing their contribution to our research community and preparing them for rewarding careers.

Our values

Through the research work we do, we are always:


  • We pursue bold ideas in an environment where creativity, innovation and success is encouraged and celebrated.
  • We nurture and value relationships and partnerships that foster a global outlook.
  • We inspire and support staff and students to achieve their potential and meet the challenges of society. We never settle for second best.


  • We act with integrity for the greater good.
  • We insist on upholding the highest academic and professional standards.
  • We respect and celebrate diversity and equal opportunity through an inclusive culture.
  • We aim for sustainability across all our activities.


  • We work consultatively and collaboratively to benefit from new perspectives.
  • We share ideas and maintain transparency.
  • We are trustworthy and do what we say we will do.
  • We listen and respond to the needs of our students and staff.

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