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Goal Two

Professor Martin Hairer

Regius Professor Martin Hairer is a celebrated mathematician working in the field of stochastic analysis, in particular stochastic partial differential equations. He was awarded the prestigious Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2014 and he received the London Mathematical Society’s 2014 Fröhlich Prize.

During his career Martin has also won the Junior Whitehead Prize, London Mathematical Society (2008); the Philip Leverhulme Prize (2008); the Wolfson Research Merit Award (2009); and the Leverhulme Research Leadership Award (2012-2017). He was also a Laureate of the 2013 Fermat Prize, Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse (2013), and holds a five-year Consolidator grant from the European Research Council (2014-2018). He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014.

Our Challenges

Global Research Priorities

“One of the core functions of a leading University is to play a part in solving the world’s greatest problems... the most urgent problems are now global in origin and input.”

Professor Sir Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor and President (2006 - January 2016)
Warwick, like other great universities, has a responsibility to address today’s big challenges and to help provide solutions. The Global Research Priorities (GRPs) programme is part of our strategy to deploy our major areas of research strength.

The GRPs mission is three-fold:
• To provide a focus for our multi disciplinary research in key areas of international significance.

• To provide a platform from which to showcase Warwick’s world-leading research.

• To provide a forum in which to engage our multiple users and stakeholders throughout the research process, thus maximising the impact of our research.

 Celia Lury

Professor Celia Lury is Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM), established in 2012 to foster innovative and experimental forms of knowledge production, through a sustained focus on methodology.

Celia is interested in the way in which ‘live’ methods enact social worlds and her research interests comprise interdisciplinary methodologies, feminist and cultural theory, sociology of culture and branding and consumer culture. In 2013 Celia was made a Professorial Fellow of the Economic and Social Research Council. She is currently working on the topic of ‘Order and continuity: Methods forchange in a topological society’.

CUSP New York

New York

The New York Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) is a consortium of world-class institutions from around the globe, led by New York University (NYU) and NYU-Poly, and including the University of Warwick as the only European partner.

CUSP is an applied science research institute dedicated to researching and creating new solutions for the pressing and complex challenges confronting the world’s growing cities.

Warwick brings to CUSP its own strengths in:

• Energy research, including power electronics, solar energy, thermal energy and confined fusion for clean energy.

• Materials, from application and modelling, to nanoscale fabrication, multi-ferroics, and in vivo biomaterials.

• Innovative Manufacturing, including design, R&D, marketing, logistics, lifetime services and disposal.

• Science and Technology for Health, including for example pre-natal and childhood nutrition, mental health, lifestyle choices and public health policies.

• Data Science, which includes the mathematical complexity of systems, data mining, visualisation and informatics.

This research institute will spark new technologies, discoveries and innovations, will create new businesses and jobs, and will educate the workforce for the high-tech urban science sector.


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 Two below.

Achieving research excellence

Interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation

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Goal Two
Deliver world-class research

Excellence in all of our disciplines
and a leader in interdisciplinary

Deliver world-class research

Warwick has a reputation for excellence. But a world-class institution has to continue to strive for excellence, in all disciplines. We’re committed to doing this, ensuring that our research makes a distinctive, competitive impact on the world.

Impressive though our growth has been over the past fifty years, we’re still smaller than most of our world-class competitors, particularly in the sciences and medicine. Achieving the required growth will call for bold and creative steps in these areas, cutting across disciplinary boundaries, both intellectually and institutionally. In pursuing ever greater forward momentum, we must also identify sustainable ways to enhance our Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

To build on our success we’ll need to keep on investing in our staff and students, in their experience and development, in our facilities and infrastructure, and in enabling the interdisciplinary ways of working that are so integral to our research. We recognise the distinctive contribution of our doctoral students and post-doctoral community and we will continue to nurture this. Our ambitions for scale and global competitiveness depend on all of these factors.

To continue providing an excellent environment for learning, we’ll invest significantly in new and renewed facilities. Every design will have as its guiding principle the need to stimulate the interdisciplinary and collaborative culture that drives both world-leading research and research-led teaching.


  • 1. Attract, appoint, develop, reward and retain the most able academic, research and support staff.
  • 2. As a globally connected, research-led university, we will try to be part of the solution to the world’s pressing problems, and our Global Research Priorities (GRPs) programme is absolutely key.
  • 3. Make our research stand out on the global stage by maximising the excellence, impact and contribution of each of our disciplines.
  • 4. Champion and nurture outstanding interdisciplinary activity that operates at the forefront of knowledge and drives both research and research-oriented teaching.
  • 5. Ensure that staff, students, teaching and research all have a positive impact on society at large – particularly with regards to knowledge transfer and policy making – and that the economic, social and cultural benefits of our research are properly highlighted.

Objective 1: Attract and develop excellent people

We will

✓ Continue to invest in the recruitment and development of the very best staff, creating the conditions for them to achieve the highest levels of international career success.

✓ Develop the next generation of research scholars through our Doctoral Training Partnerships, enhancing our skills provision through the opportunities offered by departments, services and the Institute of Advanced Study.

✓ Enrich the student experience through research-led teaching and further embed opportunities for undergraduate engagement in our research activities, both to challenge their critical thinking and to inspire the research scholars of the future.

We will investigate further

➜ New ways to recognise and reward the research contribution of our staff.

We will measure success through

➜ An increase in citations, in particular for Science Technology Engineering Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) and some Social Sciences disciplines.

➜ Growth in the volume of articles published in journals of the highest quality and achieve more publication of monographs and books with publishers of the very highest quality and regard.

➜ Increase in national and international measures of award, and, esteem of staff.

➜ Success in winning Doctoral Training Partnerships and externally funded fellowships.

➜ Increase in opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research.

Objective 2: Global solutions

We will

✓ Demonstrate a distinctive contribution to key global concerns through our Global Research Priorities, using them to anticipate and drive our response to emerging big questions.

✓ Enhance our collaborative partnerships in research and build on our Monash Warwick Alliance, our engagement with the Centre for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), and our partnership with Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

We will investigate further

➜ Building on our reputation in Data and Urban Sciences to address major global challenges, and expanding the number of centres to London and other leading world cities.

We will measure success through

➜ Staff satisfaction ratings e.g. through our PULSE survey.

➜ Metrics and indicators of teaching excellence.

➜ The profile of our staff in terms of research and teaching standing against measures of esteem e.g. NTFs, WATE.

Objective 3: Discipline excellence

We will

✓ Increase the national and international standing of each of our disciplines.

✓ Increase philanthropic and corporate support for our research activities.

✓ Keep on increasing our research income through existing and new funding streams, maximising transnational sources including Horizon 2020, collaborations with our overseas partners, and the European Commission’s educational agenda.

✓ Recruit PhD students from the widest possible international talent pool and ensure that this is an attractive place for them to progress their research career.

We will investigate further

➜ Opportunities to locate research and teaching activities in places which will enhance opportunities for students, provide access to valuable and novel research collaborations or draw on new sources of funding.

➜ Innovative ways of continuing to invest in new research initiatives.

➜ Opportunities to create alliances with institutions and organisations that can help accelerate our growth, particularly in science, engineering and medicine.

We will measure success through

➜ Achieving a year-on-year increase in the value of our competitively won research income.

➜ Increase and diversification of our sources of research funding, significantly increasing non-government income.

➜ Achieving year on year % increase in our European funding.

➜ Achieving greater philanthropic income to support PhD recruitment.

➜ Satisfaction ratings through Postgraduate Research Experience Survey.

Objective 4: Outstanding interdisciplinary research

We will

✓ Develop our existing interdisciplinary centres and seek new opportunities for interdisciplinary engagement.

✓ Create innovative spaces to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration, including investing in new interdisciplinary research laboratories and securing external funding for their expansion.

✓ Create a series of Research Technology Platforms to increase our research infrastructure.

We will measure success through

➜ Greater number of publications across the discipline boundaries.

➜ Measures that demonstrate the impact of our interdisciplinary activity.

➜ Achieving increased philanthropic income to expand our research base and infrastructure.

➜ Achieving cost, efficiency and output measures as a result of implementing RTPs.

Objective 5: Making a difference to society

We will

✓ Progress our response to the impact agenda, providing policy-makers across all sectors with ready and easy-to-digest evidence resulting from our research, and exploring innovative opportunities to disseminate our research.

✓ Reinforce our reputation as a university to engage with industry, government and other sectors, demonstrating this through increased investment and collaboration.

We will investigate further

➜ Further developing frameworks, across the University, for working closely with industry and collaborating on long-term strategic programmes.

We will measure success through

➜ Generation of high-quality impact case studies for REF 2020.

➜ Evidence of increased use of Warwick as a choice for future policy-making, leading to increased funding.

➜ Increased income from non-governmental sources.

➜ Increase in the number of strategic relationships with major corporate partners.