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Welcome from Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor and President

stuart_croft_crop.jpgWelcome to Warwick. In coming to work here, you've chosen to be part of a university that is at the cutting edge when it comes to world class research and teaching.

It is an interesting time to be joining Warwick. On the one hand, Warwick is riding higher than at any time in its history, according to every league table at which you might look. The past few years have been marked by a whole series of achievements in teaching, research, in our organisational efficiency, as well as in our ability to raise the funds that we need to invest in our future.

We have great students and wonderful staff; which we are adding to through top quality recruitment.

On the other hand, not all of that success has been easy, and there have been a number of difficult moments for us all. The success of the university has depended on the hard work of so many, and I do not underestimate the effort and personal cost that this has entailed.

There is still a lot for us to do.

We can achieve a huge amount, because of the incredibly high quality of staff and students that we have, because we pull together when we need to, because we have wonderful friends amongst the alumni base and beyond both locally and around the world. The future will be challenging, there is no doubt about that. But there are real opportunities for us to make Warwick a still better university. And we must work together to take those opportunities.

Warwick is a truly international university and we aim to embed internationalism in everything we do. Our students and staff hail from over 130 countries and the University is proud of its cosmopolitan profile. Academics at Warwick publish internationally recognised work and through such work they develop and maintain networks of scholarship with peer institutions all over the world. The University is committed to supporting the international engagements and mobility of its academic staff through a series of ongoing exchange and collaboration agreements. In particular, our core partnerships with Monash University and Boston University significantly enhance the work we do and give our staff exciting opportunities for collaboration.

Warwick is also committed to the local community and region. We are the third largest employer in Coventry, and more than 10,000 of our graduates live and work in Coventry and Warwickshire. We have partnerships with around 250 schools in the region. Through facilities such as Warwick Volunteers, Warwick Arts Centre and the Centre for Lifelong Learning, we are proud to make a difference in local community.

Our plans for Warwick’s future are outlined in our strategy. Produced in consultation with the University community, and updated in 2011, Looking Forward sets out our goals, ambitions and values. As a new member of staff, we hope that you will share our vision. If you would like to familiarise yourself with the strategy, you can find out more here.

News about the University is communicated regularly through our internal website, insite.

Once again, I am delighted that you have chosen to join us. Welcome to Warwick.