Our Mission The University was established in 1796 as 'the place of useful learning' and this remains our mission today: to combine academic excellence with social and economic relevance. As 'the place of useful learning' the University is committed to the advancement of society through the pursuit of excellence in research, education and knowledge exchange, and through creative engagement with partner organisations at local, national and international levels.
Our Vision To be a distinctive institution, characterised by leading research and technology of international standing and with a reputation for excellence across research, education and knowledge exchange. To provide a high-quality, inspirational education experience to all our students and produce outstanding professional and enterprising graduates for industry, business and the professions. To be modern in our outlook, generating new ideas, creating fresh opportunities and engaging in collaborative activities and strategic partnerships that benefit wider society. To enable and encourage all staff to develop their full potential and contribute to the achievement of the University's mission. To contribute to the development and quality of life of our City, nation and the international community.
Research is of central importance in everything we do. It informs our teaching and helps us to make a difference to business, industry and society as a whole.
We're in the UK’s top 20 universities for research intensity according to the Times Higher Education’s analysis of REF2014.
Our Technology & Innovation Centre is transforming the way that we work with our partners.