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Introduction

This is the De Montfort University Strategic Framework for 2015–20.

This framework has been developed and refined through discussion and engagement with our whole university. It was approved by our board of governors in July 2015. As vice-chancellor, I commend its clarity and its confidence. This framework is a statement of intent. It articulates what we want from the next five years and how we will achieve it. It will underpin everything we do from today.

In this document, we identify intelligent new connections between our areas of strength that will extend our scope and influence. Our attuned international instinct will benefit the home city that we champion, as we attract the world’s thinkers and creators to Leicester.

Talents cultivated at DMU will be free to realise here their own visions for innovation and enterprise, bringing benefits to our wider society. By building bonds between our staff, students, graduates and the city, we will offer successful education, care, health and civic projects. In each, we will be a core partner. Partnerships of varying scales, all important, will define the next five years.

Our proud reputation for transforming the lives of students from diverse backgrounds will evolve so that individuals receive the learning and experience they demand. At the same time, our academic community will have the freedom to make purposeful challenges to convention.

Only by ensuring that we have a genuinely interdisciplinary curriculum, a truly inclusive learning environment, and that we provide real flexibility around study, volunteering and placements, will we continue to lead. Strengthened by research relevant to real lives, we will become the definition of an influential, global, 21st-century institution.

We can be confident in looking ahead because we do so from a position of strength, built on shared success. To prosper further, we must bring these visions and values to bear in everything we do, every day.

Our governors, the Executive Board and I look forward to working with you all in realising this strategic framework for De Montfort University.

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