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Shape Our Future

We are beginning a discussion on a new strategy for DMU. We believe that our strategic plan should be created by our community and we need your help to shape our future. We're doing this so DMU can stay strong, move forward, remain relevant, and continue meeting people's real needs in the decades ahead.

Introduction to the consultation

Vice-Chancellor Professor Katie Normington explains why this is the right time to refresh our strategic direction, and how you can support us in developing our vision and strategy for the future of DMU.

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It is valuable enough to improve the lives of the students in your university and the people in your surrounding community. That won’t always be transformational, but it’s important in itself, and it will be crucial for universities to continue to demonstrate that stage by stage improvement as participation rates continue to grow.

Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access and Participation, Office for Students

Introduction to our strategy consultation

In the four tiles below, Vice-Chancellor Professor Katie Normington introduces our approach to building a new strategy for DMU.

DMU’s contribution to the diverse East Midlands will remain crucial to the area’s economy as well as wider society. The national commitments to increase research and development spending should also give DMU an opportunity to continue improving the quality and extent of its research, helping to bolster the UK’s future success.

Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)

How you can shape our future

Read more about the wider landscape in which we will create our strategy, including insights from prominent figures at the forefront of policy and strategy in higher education - and find out how you can share your views to help shape the future of DMU.

DMU’s focus on employability could be an important strength in its international performance, especially if you consider how international graduates might make the transition to the UK labour market, and how UK graduates might take advantage of international employment opportunities.

Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International (UUKi)

It’s time to explore the big picture

What are the key aspects you think we should focus on? When considering the years to come, you might not know where to begin. But it starts with answering some questions. To focus your ideas as you think about the future direction of DMU, we have made four video introductions. There’s one short video for each of the four main themes of the strategy consultation:

1. Our Future Learning
2. Our Students
3. Our Focus
4. Our Impact

There are also initial questions on the pages linked below. They are there so you can note down your views about what matters most to you. So, please take a look and join the discussion as we Shape Our Future. Visit our how-to page for links to fill in the online surveys or to find out about attending a virtual workshop.