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Research Strategy

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.