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Our strategy for research

Research strategy 2015–20

Mission statement

Research is critical to Kingston University's distinctiveness, success and sustainability in an increasingly competitive Higher Education environment. Above all, it is central to the quality of our teaching and learning. Research establishes and enhances our reputation and leads to benefits for society, culture and the economy. Through our commitment to the advancement of human knowledge we actively seek to address the challenges we face in an increasingly complex global arena.

We will foster a collaborative, outward-looking research culture in all our academic disciplines and support and develop both existing and emerging areas of research excellence.

Our key aims are to:

  • conduct world-leading and distinctive research in a number of University centres of excellence;
  • facilitate the development of a University-wide sustainable research culture geared towards achieving excellence;
  • cultivate strong research leadership and effective research support structures;
  • embed research in all levels of academic activity (undergraduate, postgraduate, research degree, early career and established researcher);
  • enhance the reputation and impact of our research nationally and internationally and maximise the synergies between our research and enterprise activities;
  • establish effective mechanisms for the training of postgraduate research students and early stage researchers, while supporting the development of mid-career and senior researchers;
  • increase the quantity and quality of our research students;
  • increase and diversify the sources of external research funding in order to build capacity, research quality and reputation;
  • develop strong collaborative links with appropriate institutions in the public and private sectors, nationally and internationally; and
  • achieve the best possible outcome from our submission to the HEFCE Research Excellence Framework 2020.
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