The University of Leicester's new Strategic Plan

Posted by pt91 at Sep 22, 2015 04:00 PM |
Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor, discusses the launch of the University's Plan in the Leicester Mercury

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Today marks the start of a new era for the University of Leicester.  It is a watershed moment as we have launched a new plan for our future shaped by extensive consultations with staff, students, alumni and local stakeholders.

Our ambition is to create a university that represents a distinctive elite in the higher education sector. Our vision is of a discovery-led, research-intensive university which is inclusive and open to all who have talent.

Our plan for the University is published alongside a refreshed brand, with a new logo and a new website which promotes our exciting vision to the wider world.

As part of the plan, it is our aspiration to create a National Space Park to show how universities can bring together cutting-edge science, industry, education and training. The National Space Park will drive innovation in space and Earth observation science and play a central role in the revitalisation of the city’s riverside.

We will continue to invest in our estate to deliver a state-of-the art campus at the heart of Leicester’s Educational Quarter.  This includes the largest investment in medical education at any UK university in the past decade – the largest Passivehouse building in the UK which speaks to our environmental credentials.  Alongside this we will transform our digital estate to maximise opportunities provided by new and emerging technologies.

In line with our long-held reputation for widening participation we will continue to provide opportunities for people from disadvantaged and socially excluded backgrounds. We are also taking a leading role in championing equality and respecting diversity among our students and staff.

We are immensely proud of our multicultural setting and I am committed to building on work with the city and beyond to improve economic, social and cultural well-being, the environment and health. In order to make an even greater difference, we will launch a new campaign focused on ways in which we can help our city meet its most significant environmental, social, community relations and educational challenges. As part of the engagement and interaction with the multicultural and plural society in Leicester we are launching a new unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE) based in our Department of Sociology.

We will establish a suite of new research institutes bringing together different disciplines and research networks and, for students, we have developed one of the most flexible curriculums in the UK – allowing students to combine disciplines in new ways to suit their interests and ambitions.

As a discovery-led university, through imaginative partnerships we will be ever more focused on innovation. We will make a real difference: the excellence of our research, teaching and enterprise will transform people’s lives. By being more adventurous, more ambitious and more insistent on the value of our distinctive qualities, we will have an even greater impact upon global scholarship and education. In every area, we are already developing bold initiatives that put our university at the forefront of change.

Professor Paul Boyle is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester

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Think: Leicester does not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Leicester - it expresses the independent views and opinions of the academic who has authored the piece. If you do not agree with the opinions expressed, and you are a doctoral student/academic at the University of Leicester, you may write a counter opinion for Think: Leicester and send to ap507@le.ac.uk