World-leading research and innovation with global impact

Global impact

Build on the University’s disciplinary excellence and multidisciplinary research programmes in the key areas of:

  • social justice
  • resilience (social, economic and physical infrastructure)
  • environment and climate change
  • digital and data
  • health
  • creative and cultural industries.


Focusing investment on areas of disciplinary and interdisciplinary excellence will nurture and enable an environment that creates a virtuous circle of quality, reputation and impact.

Innovation and Enterprise

Accelerate our growing commercialisation, start-up and scale-up activities; and expand our research and innovation partnerships with universities, industries, businesses, government agencies and other innovation assets within the Bristol city-region, including Temple Quarter, the new Western Gateway, and beyond.


We are situated in a region with one of the UK’s most dynamic knowledge-, technology- and digital-intensive economies.

Research alliances

Boost the scale of our strategically important research through enhanced collaboration with other leading UK research-intensive universities and the establishment of a limited number of deep research partnerships with top international universities across the globe.


Strategic research alliances will support the delivery of high quality, world-leading, transformational research outcomes and impact at scale.

Talent and culture

Strengthen our international reputation as a leading destination of choice across all career stages, including PGR and early career researchers, by fostering a highly collegial, collaborative, agile culture and environment for leading-edge research through continuous improvement of our values, incentives and support processes.


Cultivating a supportive, sustainable, and respectful environment, characterised by integrity and inclusivity, will enrich our research community, help us attract and retain our best diverse talent, and ensure that people are able to thrive.

Have your say

Our consultation is open – your comments and feedback are welcome.

Staff and postgraduate research student livestreams

We are holding a series of livestreamed discussion events as part of the vision and strategy consultation. Staff and postgraduate research students can join each livestream event or watch previous events through the University intranet.

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