Academics in discussion

What are the next steps?

Through the Academic Strategy, we will identify new College-level priorities and opportunities that we are uniquely placed to exploit. These may include new programmes, centres or research focus; investing in people, space and infrastructure; building new partnerships and communities; or responding to external challenges. We will work across our faculties, departments and Global Challenge Institutes to identify key actions that will help our community to drive this agenda. 

Over the next few years, we will implement a number of these projects through investment of people, time, space and money. As well as investing the College’s resources, we will also build partnerships and engage our external stakeholders to help us deliver our priorities and achieve our ambition.

We will also continue to invest in our fundamental science and core disciplines, and departments and faculties will continue to have responsibility for maintaining excellence in these areas. This approach is critical for our future, because without these strengths we cannot capitalise on our immediate opportunities – or on the unknown opportunities of the future. Together we will build on our strengths by identifying and enabling opportunities that reach across the College.

Working groups

Working groups have been formed for each strategy theme and student experience. These include expert researchers and teachers, and student representatives from across the four faculties. These groups will bring together expertise from across disciplines to help refine the sub-themes in each area, and to generate ideas investment. These groups will meet initially during the autumn term of 2019. 

If you have an idea or opportunity for a theme that you would like considered in the working groups, you can get in touch at 

Selecting our strategic priorities

Twice a year, Provost’s Board will consider a selection of proposals brought forward by the working groups or from the academic community directly, following a ‘3 Gateway’ prioritisation process.

In September 2019, Provost’s Board selected nine proposals to progress to the first ‘Gateway’ stage of the process, based on a long list of opportunities raised through the strategy development phase. These will be reviewed by Provost’s Board in November 2019, and successful proposals will move forward to the next stage of prioritisation.

Following the working groups, another set of opportunities will be identified and progressed to the first stage of the prioritisation process in February 2020. 

Successful projects will be announced in spring 2020.