Renewing our research strategy: my thanks and next steps

September 13th, 2021

President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West

I am delighted to invite colleagues from all job families across our campuses in the UK, China, and Malaysia to take part in next stage of our consultation on the future of research at the University of Nottingham.

We are asking for your views on a white paper, published today (Monday 13 September), which sets out a framework to deliver a high-performing, inclusive research ecosystem.

Please take few minutes to review the white paper, and respond to some questions:  is it sufficiently ambitious to deliver our new research strategy and the challenges ahead? What opportunities does it offer you and how can you contribute?

The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 8 October.

I am grateful for the engagement of the university community over the past year in debating our research ambitions and how we can achieve them. Your responses have helped shape our vision for research as expressed in the white paper.

What has come through most strongly from you, and aligning with my own mission, is that our people are at the core of a renewed research strategy.

Research defines us as an institution and drives progress towards a fairer and more resilient society, while providing the bedrock for our teaching and learning.

Regardless of your career stage, discipline, academic, technical or professional services role, and whether your research is individual or team-oriented, discovery focused or industry-engaged, all of you have a contribution to make to the quality and impact of our research in the coming years.

Now we want to ensure we are on the right track and that the white paper’s framework to deliver a step-change in our research quality and performance over the next five years is robust and truly reflective of our whole community.

I look forward to your response to the white paper and consideration of how we can better support each other to strengthen our ambition to deliver research of the highest quality that develops new knowledge, transforms lives and shapes the future of our world.

For further updates, resources and more on how to get involved, please visit and bookmark our research strategy white paper consultation pages.

My thanks and best wishes

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