University of Bradford Making Knowledge Work

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University of Bradford Making Knowledge Work

As Chair of the University Council and Vice-Chancellor and Principal we are delighted to present our refreshed Corporate Strategy ‘Making Knowledge Work 2016’.

Following the launch of our previous Corporate Strategy, Making Knowledge Work 2009-2014, the Higher Education sector has experienced many changes, and the past two years in particular have presented significant economic and demographic challenges. The University of Bradford has responded proactively to these changes by carrying out comprehensive reviews of its academic provision and professional support services. These reviews are leading to changes which will ensure we continue to provide an excellent learning and working environment for students and staff.
Over the last six years the University has continued to be successful in widening access and attracting more students from diverse backgrounds. We have embedded the concept of sustainability into the curriculum and have secured significant external grant funding to build a Sustainable Enterprise Centre.
Our links with employers remain strong, and we have an excellent track record of working in partnership with our student body. The University has a long-established reputation as a research-engaged institution. 80% of our research is rated
as international or world leading. However, we recognise the national drive towards concentration of research into areas
of excellence and that REF 2014 will direct resources to fewer institutions, and we are adopting strategies to meet
these challenges. We are proud to be a University that has a strong sense of the communities it serves. The University is a key player in the region with links to public and private sector organisations. It has strong international partnerships and a significant number of international students studying in Bradford and overseas. During the last ten years, the University has remained financially sound and has sustained significant investment in its two campuses, which have been transformed with new facilities that meet the needs of our students. We have established a solid base from which to drive future excellence and success. However, we understand the challenges we face in an increasingly competitive sector. In response, the University is transforming its academic provision and is implementing a University curriculum framework which addresses the big challenges of the 21st century; education for sustainable development, employability and cultural diversity.

VC and Chair of Council