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Strategy 2030

Welcome to the University of Exeter’s Big Conversation

An opportunity to imagine what education, research and our University could look like in 2030

Our third Big Conversation will open in June.

Over the course of the next few months, we will be co-creating a bold strategy to take the University of Exeter into the future with renewed ambition and purpose.

The next decade brings many uncertainties but it also brings enormous opportunities for progress and impact. Now is the time to ask ourselves – what kind of university will Exeter be in 2030? Where are we heading? What must we do to get there?

We are asking you – our community of colleagues, students and alumni – to share your thoughts and ideas through a series of online Big Conversations. You will also be able to read, comment, and vote on the ideas others have shared.

Together we can shape our future and create a strategy of which we are all proud.

Invitation from Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lisa Roberts

What you can expect

The first Big Conversation is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who took part in our first conversation which asked our community to imagine what the future of education, research and universities as whole could like in the future. You can download a summary of the First Big Conversation (staff and students only).

The second Big Conversation is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this conversation which has helped us to test what our vision and goals for the future could be following the feedback you provided in the first Big Conversation and from discussions across our community and with national and international experts.

The third Big Conversation will open in June.

We will share details of what our strategy for the next 10 years could look like and will ask you to check and challenge the assumptions we’ve made.

Following the Big Conversations, we will create and finalise our new strategy, which we will share with you in the autumn.

How it works

The Big Conversation:

  • is anonymous – your name is not attached to anything you share,
  • will be open 24/7 while conversations are live - so you can join at a time that suits you, from wherever you are,
  • is accessible from any smart device – a PC, tablet or smartphone,
  • will allow everyone to make their voice heard.

You can visit the Big Conversation as many times as you like, and everyone can read, rate and comment upon the ideas of others.