Strategy and aims

This strategy sets out our drive to challenge conventional thinking and find new knowledge to transform our society for the better.


Research at DMU

This strategy sets out our drive to challenge conventional thinking and find new knowledge to transform our society for the better. It has rightly been developed by staff and students across the university and is a clear and confident statement of our ambitions for research and the actions we will take to achieve them.

Research Strategy

To this end, we are currently implementing the Research Strategy for the period of 2018-2023, in combination with the new 2015-2020 Strategic Framework for DMU. 

We have a track record of research that impacts society and makes a real difference to people’s lives through improvements to health and well-being, infrastructure, creativity, economic growth, business and civil society. Our commitment to research is integral to our aim to develop our students as critical thinkers. This was recognised in the assessment received by the university in the Teaching Excellence Framework which highlighted research that “fed into the curriculum through a focus on application to real-world settings and research-led work placements”.

Our new strategy is timely as the UK faces up to the challenges of Brexit, economic transformation, wellbeing for an ageing population, changes to the world of work and our security, both in the real and virtual worlds. Internationally there are broader issues: responding to the challenges and opportunities of globalisation, climate change, power structures in flux and the consequent challenges of migration and economic growth. 

Discover, Challenge, Transform...

Universities have a key role in UK industry, through the development of new technologies and a skilled workforce. DMU is well-placed to lead in this regard, with internationally recognised research groups in cyber-security, transport, energy, water, advanced manufacturing and creative industries.

This strategy will ensure we keep a clear focus on our goals as we respond to these challenges and the challenges yet to come. Integral to our strategy is the recognition of the commitment to excellence and impact of our staff. The strategy recognises the need to nurture their creativity and commitment in order to achieve our goals. This involves being open to challenging ideas.

Disciplines evolve over time and we are committed to supporting emerging areas that challenge convention and to supporting research at the interfaces between disciplines that exploit synergies to address key societal challenges.

Find out more

To find out more about Research at DMU, please take a look at the individual Faculty web pages or email:

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