Enhance our effectiveness through our diverse and vibrant scholarly community

We will:

  • Pro-actively attract and retain high-quality staff
  • Manage organisational performance
  • Recruit and retain students with outstanding potential from all sections of our society
  • Ensure we have a richness of diversity and equality within our community

Our success by 2020 will be driven by our academic ambitions, but enabled by an intense focus on improving our efficiency and effectiveness, and developing a vibrant scholarly community whose strength is in its diversity.

We must be pro-active in our recruitment and retention of high quality academic and professional services staff, working towards a reputation for being a preferred choice both for those in their early careers and high-performing established staff. We will better support staff to understand how their contributions relate to our strategic success, and will have a supportive performance culture which focuses on enabling all staff to achieve their potential. Further developing our workload models, and having efficient systems and processes, will enable us to decrease the administrative load on academic staff, thereby increasing time for academic development.

Being pro-active in recruiting and retaining students from all sections of society who will benefit from the DMU experience will remain a priority. This includes developing an even stronger postgraduate community, both to provide a pipeline to doctoral study and further enhance our graduates’ employability. Widening access across all our learning opportunities will be a core principle of our admissions policies to enable us to maintain and enhance the diversity of our student community.

To support this, we will continue the development of a physical environment that encourages an atmosphere of innovation, inspiration and community. We will further develop a culture that is based on mutual respect and understanding, as well as freedom of thought and expression. This will ensure that we value the different contributions and experiences of all who make up our community. Investment will be focused on areas that are strategically important to us and we will disinvest from areas that do not meet this criterion. We will regularly and rigorously review the performance of our schools and directorates to ensure that they are delivering their required contribution to our success.

Effective leadership is critical to our success and our leadership charter and summits will guide the attributes and behaviours we expect from all our leaders.

Key Performance Targets

  • Percentage of staff positively grading the question “Overall, how happy are you working at the university?” in the staff survey
  • Proportion of time our academics have for academic activities

Key Performance Indicators

  • Proportion of staff completing their MyAppraisal
  • Proportion of our income drawn from non-home/EU undergraduate related sources
  • Diversity index comparing DMU to relevant local and national communities
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