Strategy and Vision

University of Lincoln's Strategic Plan 2016-2021

In this new plan we have reflected and debated our current Mission and believe it is still fit for purpose as:

'A University looking to the future' where we serve and develop our local, national and international communities by creating purposeful knowledge and research, confident and creative graduates and a dynamic and engaged staff team

We have a clearly articulated vision for the future that the University will:

By 2021 be a global 'thought leader' for 21st Century higher education. We will be known for addressing the opportunities and challenges presented by the changing world by developing a new approach to education and knowledge development.

We will build on our reputation for excellent student engagement which prepares our graduates for their future and we will work closely with our communities to ensure valuable impact from our research to make a meaningful contribution to our world.

This plan builds on the success of the University during the 2011-16 plan and sets out the direction for our development over the next five years.

It focuses on our intention to experiment, innovate and explore new ways of working together so that by 2021 the University will be known as one of the leading great smallcity universities in the world, with a reputation as a 'thought leader' for 21st Century higher education globally. Developing thought leadership means that we will seek out the opportunities to experiment, innovate and not be afraid to challenge our practice in teaching and research, our involvement with partners creating an innovation campus where others wish to co-locate, both geographically and virtually, along with developing the services to enhance our work.

People will see Lincoln as the place to seek out new ideas and ways of thinking, attracting new colleagues to share their ideas and insights with us.

The plan is based around the five core principles of:

  • Teaching Excellence and a Great Student Experience
  • Graduate Success
  • Research with Impact
  • Strong Partnerships and Employer Engagement
  • Dynamic, Engaged People.

We believe that each of these principles lie at the heart of the success of the University. Supporting these key principles are five themes which we believe encapsulate our needs in the environment that will shape our world over the
lifetime of the plan.

These are needed for:

  • Resilience and Sustainability
  • Ambition, Global Recognition and Growing our
  • Reputation for Innovation
  • Creating an Inclusive Community
  • Enabling Technologies, Excellent Research and Teaching Spaces
  • A New Vision for Education.

A culture of enterprise and innovation

We aim to deliver the outcomes of our plan by each year making progress on our strategic objectives:

  • To continuously improve our learning environment based on a personal engagement with all students, with high quality research-engaged teaching and learning where students create and develop new knowledge in collaboration with their lecturers
  • To promote a culture of enterprise and innovation across our communities - locally, regionally and internationally, working closely with employers
  • To develop and promote purposeful knowledge and research and develop innovative practices which produce new ideas that positively impact on an ever changing environment
  • To help students develop into highly engaged, employable and creative-thinking graduates who contribute to the development of society and the economy
  • To be entrepreneurial in our activities and practice across the whole institution and to develop new ways of working to facilitate a dynamic and innovative staff team
  • To create a strong financial environment to allow us to invest in our future.

Strategic Plan 2016-2021 (PDF)