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Five & Fifty

Five Year Strategic Plan
Fiftieth Year Strategic Vision
2016-2034

Vision & Mission

As Northern Ireland’s civic university, Ulster University will deliver outstanding research and teaching that encourages the innovation, leadership and vision needed to help our community thrive.

Grounded in the heart of the community Ulster University will:

  • transform lives, stretch minds, develop skills and raise ambitions
  • deliver globally significant research with local relevance
  • encourage a diverse university community
  • make a lasting contribution to society as a whole.

Vision and Mission

Ulster University is embarking on a new and ambitious strategic plan for the next five years with a strategic vision that will take us to our fiftieth anniversary in 2034. Given our resource and our skills we have an opportunity to transform lives; to drive innovation; to stimulate creativity and culture; and to inform and shape policy, playing our part as Northern Ireland’s civic university.

Professor Paddy Nixon
Vice-Chancellor and President

John Hunter

Pro-Chancellor

Ulster University has always been about progress. The idea of moving forward, renewal and growth are woven into our history and will continue to shape our future. Our roots stretch back to the 1840s when Magee was founded in Derry~Londonderry and the School of Art and Design was inaugurated in Belfast.

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Professor Paddy Nixon

Vice-Chancellor and President

Ulster University is embarking on a new and ambitious strategic plan for the next five years with a strategic vision that will take us to our fiftieth anniversary in 2034. Charting our course to our fiftieth year is critically important because, as custodians of the University, we have a responsibility to build on past successes and leave a dynamic, strong legacy.

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Priorities & Objectives

Structured around four priorities, this plan is focused on delivering a University that is innovative and sustainable with a strong academic and international reputation.

Civic
Contribution

  • Employment & Widening Access
  • Social and Economic Development
  • Campus Identities
  • Meaningful Networks

Global
Vision

  • Global Citizenship
  • International Networks
  • Global Challenge, Local Impact
  • Diverse University Community

Academic
Excellence

  • Teaching Excellence
  • Student Experience
  • Research with Impact
  • Researcher Development

Operational
Excellence

  • People and Culture
  • Reputation
  • World-Class Infrastructure
  • Financial Sustainability

Ulster University Strategic Plan and Vision

Themes

We will be an international exemplar of the role of a university building civic society

Social Renewal

Peace, conflict and transition, educational attainment, social and economic leadership, communication and leadership

Sustainability

Urban renewal, energy and the environment, national infrastructure, food security, digital futures

Healthy Communities

Mental health, ageing, health innovation and policy, sport for life, history and heritage

Creativity and Culture

Creative economy, cultural diversity, design, media & the arts, innovation and creative entrepreneurship

Values

Its not only what we have to do and say. Its how we do it. How we say it. This strategic plan is more than a framework for achieving our ambitions and aspirations. It is also a statement about who we are, what we stand for and how collectively we will deliver the plan.

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Timeline 2016-2020

Timeline 2020-2034

Five Year Strategic Plan
Fiftieth Year Strategic Vision
2016–2034


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