Create and apply knowledge that furthers global societal and economic development

We will:

  • Create a dynamic and pervasive research and scholarly culture
  • Nurture, recognise and support researchers and research leaders
  • Increase the impact and visibility of our research
  • Deliver enhanced value from commercialisation

The creation and application of new knowledge sits at the heart of our mission, but the challenging external environment will need us to deliver a step change in our research capacity, leadership and capability if we are to compete effectively.

By 2020, we will establish a research culture that is dynamic and pervasive, in which staff and doctoral researchers are encouraged and motivated to undertake ambitious and rigorous research that challenges convention and redefines paradigms.

Individual Research Plans (IRPs) will form an integral part of the mechanism for doing this, as they enable us to recognise and support staff undertaking high-quality research or demonstrating the potential to do so. We will encourage and celebrate the success of our staff who achieve prestigious external scholarships or higher doctorates. Our Future Research Leaders programme will provide the basis for identifying our staff who can be developed to shape the future of their discipline at DMU and in the wider sector. We will increase the investment in our VC2020 programme to bring in new, exciting and talented early career researchers who will make a significant contribution to our research environment and dramatically increase our research capacity.

Increasing the number of doctoral researchers and improving their overall experience will be central to enhancing our research culture. By focusing on the creation of a discrete number of multi- and/or inter-disciplinary doctoral training programmes, we will be able to improve the critical mass of our highest-performing areas.

Investment in our research will be based on highly selective and competitive mechanisms that reward excellence but also support the development of areas with significant potential for future success. Impact and visibility will be two of the key measures applied for making future investments in research, and we will emphasise the relevance of our research through its application in the real world. In doing so, we will deliver greater value from enterprise and innovation, as we work in partnership with business and industry to translate our best ideas into practical benefits for the economy and wider society.

Key Performance Targets

  • Market share of (a) research and (b) innovation income
  • PhD student completions per academic (Full Time Equivalent)

Key Performance Indicators

  • Proportion of staff with Individual Research Plans (IRPs)
  • Research grant applications success rate
  • Income from enterprise and innovation activities

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