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Heslington Hall gables and chimneypots. Credit: John Houlihan

University Strategy 2014 - 2020

York is a University with strong values. In all our activities, we are unconditionally committed to excellence, as measured by the highest national and international standards. We see ourselves as operating in a global environment, with important local and national responsibilities and aim to be among the best universities in the world. We encourage creativity, independence, enterprise and initiative. We support academic freedom and autonomy and we promote open academic debate and discussion. We will be inclusive and provide equal opportunities for all. We apply the highest ethical standards to all our activities and want to make a positive contribution to the development of a fairer and sustainable world.

We aim to provide an environment that attracts the very best staff and students from all over the world, encourages and facilitates academic endeavour, and provides a supportive atmosphere for the development and sharing of knowledge. We want to be a University in which every member of staff and every student feels valued as an individual. Even as we grow, we want to retain a genuine sense of belonging and community in our departments, colleges, clubs and societies. We particularly value our colleges’ support for the cultural, social, academic and personal development of our students. We will play an active role in the City of York, which is central to our identity, and are committed to a mutually supportive relationship with the City and the region.

Guided by these values, we aim to build a University that distinguishes itself in the world-leading quality of its research, in its outstanding teaching, and in the quality and value of the students’ university experience. In this document, we describe these three key objectives in more detail, explaining what they mean for the University and how we want to achieve them. We then outline three further, enabling objectives: to grow the University, to organise the University more effectively, and to work with other organisations and stakeholders.

Key Objective 1

To be a world leader in research
 

Key Objective 1

Key Objective 2

To offer outstanding teaching and learning
 

Key Objective 2

Key Objective 3

To offer all our students an outstanding and valuable experience

Key Objective 3

Enabling Objective 1

To be sufficiently large to be excellent, resilient and financially sustainable

Enabling Objective 1

Enabling Objective 2

To be organised in the most efficient and effective way

Enabling Objective 2

Enabling Objective 3

To work effectively with other organisations and stakeholders

Enabling Objective 3