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1: Research and Scholarship

Our Goal:
To make Warwick an undisputed world leader in research and scholarship.

Our commitment to be demonstrably a centre of world class research and innovation across all of our academic disciplines remains as strong as it always has been. This means that we must maintain our focus on the quality and impact of research and ensure that we are embedding our quality expectations in our internal processes, in particular those to support and develop existing staff and in the appointment processes when we seek to recruit new talent.

2015 Objectives

1. Continue to search for, appoint, nurture and reward the most able academic, research and support staff.
Continue to search for, appoint, nurture and reward the most able academic, research and support staff who will help Warwick achieve its top 50 aim. In line with current practice, if it is not possible to appoint such staff, positions will be left vacant. Achieving 45 highly cited academics remains a long-term aspiration and faculty identified as having realistic potential of being recognised as highly cited will be encouraged through the provision of an additional twelve months study leave. A major responsibility will be to assure posts for new career staff. The Institute of Advanced Study will therefore offer more postdoctoral fellowships, guaranteeing permanent positions to the most successful.
2. Continue to grow PGR numbers.
Efforts will be increased to achieve the doubling of PGR students by 2015 from their previous levels in 2006/07. Innovative funding mechanisms will be explored in order to support new Masters and PhD stipends.
3. Re-present our major areas of research strength around the interdisciplinary "grand challenges" currently confronting the world.
Our major areas of research strength will be re-presented around the interdisciplinary “grand challenges” currently confronting the world. Particular emphasis will be given to areas which can make a globally distinctive contribution, for example Energy and Food Security. Support and resource will be re-oriented to enhance these priority areas.
4. Strengthen and reposition the University of Warwick in the light of its refreshed Strategy focussing on the positive "impacts" on society at large.
To build on our already significant commitment to impact activities across the University - by exploiting the economic, social and cultural benefits of Warwick’s research - we will implement a broad-ranging, multi-channel campaign to market the University’s successes and distinctiveness to local, regional, national and international stakeholders. A campaign at this time will help to strengthen and reposition the University of Warwick in the light of its refreshed Strategy. Specifically, we will focus on the positive “impacts” on society at large resulting from our research, transferring knowledge and informing policy makers.