Building research power to tackle global challenges
Our world faces many challenges. These challenges include improving health, securing our food and water supplies, and making a positive impact upon environmental changes, global conflicts and terrorism. World-class research can make real inroads into finding solutions for these and other issues.
Exeter already has a strong track record in delivering excellent research across all disciplines with 98 per cent of our research being assessed as of international quality in the most recent industry-recognised analysis, the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
We believe in looking at new ways of carrying out research, such as bringing together academics from all subject areas to tackle a problem in the round; known as interdisciplinary research. For example, understanding the role of communities in tackling environmental issues alongside engineering, policy and/or economic solutions.
Our ambition is to generate research power; to build up our already strong research teams by increasing their numbers and the collaborations we have with other organisations around the world.
We will achieve this by:
- Increasing the number of academics, particularly within science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. We will continue to develop partnerships with other organisations around the world across all our disciplines;
- Continuing to build interdisciplinary research to tackle the most urgent problems of the 21st century. Our innovative Living Systems Institute and Environment and Sustainability Institute will lead the way;
- Creating a new Institute for Advanced Study. The job of its researchers will be to pioneer creative, innovative approaches to help build Exeter’s international reputation;
- Demonstrating through a project called Global Vision 2050, our long-term commitment to solving the challenges of environmental change from a scientific, societal and cultural perspective;
- Working closely with other academics, business and industry experts across the globe to deliver research which has value and impact.
- Investing in state-of-the-art specialist buildings and equipment. We will create world-class new facilities for Digital Humanities, our special collections and digital library resources;
- Creating a vibrant, supportive culture for the next generation of leading researchers, led by the Exeter Doctoral College;
- Giving students more opportunities to carry out their own ground-breaking research and work alongside world-leading academics
We’ll know if we’ve succeeded by:
- By the end of 2020, we will be recognised as a world leading university for research and will be consistently ranked within the top 15 UK Higher Education Institutions within the global league tables;
- Putting forward at least 1000 colleagues to the next REF exercise, with high levels of internationally excellent and world leading research and impact;
- Growing the number of postgraduate researchers and achieving satisfaction levels higher than the Russell Group average in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES).