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Goal Six

Case study

Philanthropy - helping couples conceive

Edward Rimmer Over £115,000 of donations have helped Professor Siobhan Quenby’s work at Warwick Medical School.

Siobhan is a world-leading fertility expert who diagnoses and treats ‘uterine Natural Killer’ (uNK) cells. As well as contributing to the field of reproductive care, she’s helped hundreds of couples including Kim and Paul Rimmer. The Rimmers suffered six miscarriages before they started treatment but, thanks to Siobhan, they welcomed their son Edward earlier this year, and have finally started their family life together.

Future philanthropic donations will help refine the research and take treatments nationwide to benefit more couples and families. This is one example of how new philanthropic income can support our research, educational scholarship and the next generation.

Case study

Giving opportunity to young people

In 2005, US philanthropists Doug and Audrey Miller launched the Multicultural Scholars Programme (MSP) at Warwick. The programme offers undergraduates from under-represented backgrounds the opportunity to enjoy a truly rounded and enriching student experience in the academic fields of Law, Business and (soon) Engineering.

The programme offers an annual scholarship to each student and, more importantly, a programme of events that helps create a network amongst the students and corporate partners. Students take part in boardroom meetings, networking events and summer internships, which would normally not be available to them.

Thanks to a pledge of £300,000 from the Millers, and a further £330,000 pledged by other donors, there are now 39 MSP graduates from the scheme, with the demand outstripping available funds. Graduates have gone on to enjoy early success in their careers with 'magic circle' law firms, international consultancy firms, local government, universities and further study.


As part of the Strategy refresh process, a number of videos have been filmed with a range of senior staff from across the University. You can watch two of the videos relevant to Goal Six below.

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Goal Six
Secure our future sustainability

Create the resources to reinvest in
the University’s long term success.

Secure our future sustainability

Sustainability covers many interrelated concerns, be they environmental, financial, social or reputational. To engage fully and compete effectively on tomorrow’s global stage, we must address them all, across all activities.

As an organisation that manages its footprint and impact on the environment, we’ll use this as a foundation to embed the broader principles of sustainability.

In this current climate, we’re all aware of the need to seek out opportunities to generate additional income and surpluses to underpin our future investment. We’re also focused on the vital importance of this investment in securing the continuing excellence of the Warwick experience, across all disciplines.

We’re committed to ensuring future growth and development, both by expanding and revitalising the range of campus and commercial activities that have defined our identity and driven our success culture, and also by maintaining our focus on income generation while controlling costs.

Our aim is for more effective leverage of our strategic relationships, and to uphold Warwick’s pre-eminent reputation for agility, enterprise and efficiency across the HE sector. Ours is an institution that’s not afraid to harness the expertise and ideas of its own people, or those of its contacts.

We’ll also produce an annual sustainability statement to show stakeholders our progress towards the goal of environmental, economic and social sustainability.


  • 1. Ensure the University is financially sustainable, with enough income to support new investment in teaching, research and the campus experience.
  • 2. Aspire continually to exceed our environmental goals and develop ways of enhancing our contribution to sustainability.
  • 3. Increase our philanthropic income, as well as income from knowledge transfer and external engagement, to reinvest in the University.
  • 4. Keep our systems and ways of working at the forefront of efficiency, agility and service by remaining focused on user and customer satisfaction.
  • 5. Invest in and develop our distinctive campus and commercial services activities to achieve a year-on-year growth in returns which can be reinvested in research and teaching.

Objective 1: Ensure financial sustainability

We will

✓ Deliver a financial performance that will enable us to invest in our people and campus, to deliver more than £250m in new and replacement buildings and facilities over the next five years.

✓ Stay at the forefront of innovative design in our campus and land development, providing value for money and an inspiring experience to all of the communities we serve.

We will investigate further

➜ New means of raising money and diversifying our income to support our activities, while continuing to review existing programmes to ensure both strategic fit and return on investment.

➜ Innovative avenues of funding for postgraduate taught and research students to ensure we can excite, inspire and attract the very best students to Warwick.

➜ How best to target investment in our activities to deliver financial and reputational return.

➜ All other possibilities for future-proofing the
University’s economic position.

We will measure success through

➜ Growth in turnover while achieving both an institutional operating surplus of 7% target and departmental margins.
➜ The achievement of our capital plan to planned expenditure and measures of quality.
➜ Measures of student and staff satisfaction with our infrastructure and facilities.

Objective 2: Exceed environmental goals

We will

✓ Encourage everyone throughout the University community to play an active role in ensuring we achieve key sustainability goals, so as to contribute to society and remain competitive in a fast-evolving global environment.

✓ Make better use of new and existing buildings and facilities by incorporating sustainability principles in their design.

We will investigate further

➜ Opportunities to embed sustainability in our
curriculum and campus activities.

We will measure success through

➜ The achievement of our environmental goals and the increasing engagement of the University community in sustainability outcomes.
➜ Each new capital build being designed through sustainability principles, being BREEAM excellent and with the highest levels of energy efficiency.

Objective 3: Increase philanthropic income and knowledge transfer

We will

✓ Identify and explore the priorities that will help persuade corporate, public sector, employer and community partners at a regional, national and international level to work collaboratively with the University, expanding our corporate relations and development activity to ensure Warwick is a pre-eminent choice for investment in priorities of mutual interest.

✓ Engage the University community to drive and support our development and fundraising programmes, promoting a general culture of philanthropy.

We will measure success through

➜ Increase in philanthropic income linked to our research and educational priorities and our capital programme.

Objective 4: Simplify, collaborate, deliver

We will

✓ Deliver administrative and on-campus services more efficiently by embedding a ‘simplify, collaborate, deliver’ programme to ensure agile ways of working and so provide staff and students with high quality services for the best value for money.

We will investigate further

➜ New opportunities to establish Warwick as a market leader in the provision of services.

We will measure success through

➜ The administrative budget increasing less than the planned inflationary increase due to more efficient ways of working.

Objective 5: Reinvigorate our commercial activities

We will

✓ Re-invigorate our campus and commercial activities, and develop new market opportunities to remain sector-leading in the provision of services to Warwick and elsewhere.

We will investigate further

➜ The case for new commercial ventures that will deliver resources for reinvestment in the University, drawing on the innovative and enterprising ideas of our staff and students.

We will measure success through

➜ The Campus and Commercial Services Group achieving target increase in surplus over five years.

➜ An increase in surplus attributable to initiatives and improvement activities arising from staff and student engagement.