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Our vision and strategy

Discover how we're using our research & innovation expertise to make a positive difference to the world

The University's Research and Innovation Strategy is the result of significant consultation with our faculty staff, research leaders and professional services departments.

It's a statement of our research intent and a roadmap for how we plan to achieve our goals, informed by the principles and values that shape our research culture.

Our aim is to deliver new opportunities through globally significant research and innovation excellence – and these 6 key objectives are how we plan on achieving it.

Objective 1: To develop an embedded research and innovation culture across all our activities

Strategic actions:

  • 1.1. Adopt clear principles outlining how we define research-active and innovation-active staff across the University, and integrate these principles into workload allocation, performance development reviews, promotion criteria and future strategic investment planning.
  • 1.2. Direct significant levels of funding to drive strategic initiatives, with effective prioritisation, support and monitoring to ensure an appropriate return on investment.
  • 1.3. Provide an infrastructure that improves the capacity and capability of our researchers to seek competitive research and innovation grants and engage with end users of research, both nationally and internationally.
  • 1.4. Ensure staff research and innovation interaction with external organisations enhances the experience of our students by building partnerships in sectors of prime relevance to students’ programmes of study and future careers.
  • 1.5. Embed research and innovation expertise within undergraduate and taught postgraduate curricula wherever appropriate, and develop channels for student input into research and innovation activities and culture.
  • 1.6. Improve our postgraduate research culture and enhance our supervision capacity to support increased numbers of postgraduate researchers.
  • 1.7. Introduce new excellence awards for staff, celebrating success in bringing together teaching, research and innovation. 

Objective 2: To attract and develop internationally-recognised research and innovation staff

Strategic actions:

  • 2.1. Ensure that all early career researchers and research staff are integrated into the research and innovation culture of departments and schools.
  • 2.2. Strengthen existing and emergent areas of research and innovation excellence through a targeted recruitment, retention and succession strategy.
  • 2.3. Provide the support, mentoring and opportunities needed for researchers in postdoctoral or early academic positions to develop their careers effectively.
  • 2.4. Promote opportunities and develop skills for early and mid-career researchers to be competitive in winning grants, and be successful in producing high-quality publications, securing innovation income and generating impact.
  • 2.5. Increase the number of externally funded research and innovation fellowship appointments throughout the University, supported by appropriate resources.
  • 2.6. Implement means for staff at all career stages to benefit from international networking, collaboration and exchange opportunities that will extend the reach and profile of their work, and enhance its further progress.

Objective 3: Deliver innovative solutions to our partners in industry, the public sector and the wider community – regionally, nationally and internationally

Strategic actions:

  • 3.1. Raise the profile of the University and extend our influence, both nationally and internationally, through targeted innovation forums for key stakeholders in government, industry and the third sector.
  • 3.2. Maximise our engagement with the regional community through effective partnerships with our local enterprise partnerships, councils, universities and business support organisations.
  • 3.3. Establish collaborative spaces where industry and members of the University community can collaborate to drive the local economy.
  • 3.4. Develop a comprehensive portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes for government, industry and third sector partners in response to emerging workforce needs, with innovative tailored delivery for local, national and global markets.
  • 3.5. Engage with our global alumni across all sectors of society to expand our connections and share our expertise.
  • 3.6. Support knowledge exchange activities that ensure our best innovations are readily translated for the economic, cultural and social benefit of users worldwide.
  • 3.7. Build synergies between our research and innovation strengths, expanding our profile in collaborative and contract research, consultancy and income-generating use of facilities, and creating the conditions for maximum research impact.

Objective 4: Establish nationally and internationally leading research and innovation cross-discipline thematic areas that address key issues facing society

Strategic actions:

  • 4.1. Establish and support internationally relevant cross-disciplinary research and innovation themes directed by distinguished research and innovation leaders in consultation with key external stakeholders.
  • 4.2. Foster interdisciplinary research and innovation that leads to increases in the volume, quality and impact of our publications, greater diversity of income streams and enhanced postgraduate research experience.
  • 4.3. Engage with national and international networks that align with our thematic areas.
  • 4.4. Ensure that existing and new research centres and institutes work to align appropriate elements of their work with our research and innovation themes at every opportunity.
  • 4.5. Make effective use of our research and innovation themes to coordinate and enhance staff and student engagement with the end users of research and innovation locally, nationally and globally.

Objective 5: Strengthen our world-leading research and innovation capabilities in areas of current and potential excellence across all faculties

Strategic actions:

  • 5.1. Develop continuing and emergent areas of disciplinary research and innovation excellence across the full breadth of our academic profile.
  • 5.2. Build on our demonstrated excellence by investing in those areas most likely to deliver world-leading capacity, and to raise the international reputation of the University as a whole.
  • 5.3. Facilitate research and innovation collaborations with the best partners nationally and internationally, especially where these can lead to funding opportunities and advance our broader goals and ambitions.
  • 5.4. Align our international strategy to foster collaborations between our staff and students and world-leading research and innovation concentrations.
  • 5.5. Implement a programme of distinguished visiting scholars between key partner institutions that will lead to the best research and innovation outcomes, especially by enhancing early career researcher participation.

Objective 6: Nurture our postgraduate researchers to become the next generation of research and innovation leaders

Strategic actions:

  • 6.1. Develop structures and programmes that encourage high achieving undergraduates to pursue postgraduate research degrees at the University of Portsmouth.
  • 6.2. Implement a flexible and responsive portfolio of bursaries and studentship policies that allow us to recruit the best postgraduate researchers nationally and internationally.
  • 6.3. Introduce a University-wide, recruitment strategy for both home/EU and international postgraduate research students.
  • 6.4. Direct strategic funding for postgraduate researchers towards projects and areas most likely to support and sustain our thematic focus and research strengths, and to provide preparation for postdoctoral careers.
  • 6.5. Ensure that postgraduate researchers work in an environment that integrates them into the wider University research culture, provides opportunities to enhance their developing career profile and facilitates timely project completion.
  • 6.6. Create opportunities for collaborative supervision and other engagements with key research and innovation partners nationally and internationally, to provide postgraduate researchers with the best experience possible.

Get a copy of our Research Strategy

Download a digital version of our Research and Innovation Strategy for 2015-2020 [PDF].