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Strategy 2026 Refresh

Our measures

We are much more than our metrics, but we are committed to monitoring the progress of our Strategy through key performance indicators

By 2026 we aim to achieve:

  • Positive access, awarding and progression outcomes for all students in line with our Access and Participation Plan 2020-2025[1]

  • Elimination of the gender pay gap (GPG) and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic pay gap (2026 staging targets: 5% mean and median GPG, retain zero pay gap for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff)

  • A diverse student population of 10,000 including undergraduates, postgraduates (including research students) and degree apprentices

  • Top quartile of all HE institutions for the national learning and teaching measure

  • Meeting the Office for Students standard for graduate and managerial level employment outcomes each year[2]

  • 90% overall satisfaction in national student satisfaction measures

  • 2% of income from research (external grant income plus QR)

  • Financial surpluses of between 3 – 5% of income from operating activities

  • 90% of staff who are proud to work at the University

  • 50% of our electricity supply supplied directly from carbon free sources.

 

[1] Access and Participation Plan 2020-25 Key Performance Targets for 2025:

1.22:1 ratio for access of Index of Multiple Deprivation Q5 vs Q1 (least to most deprived)
10% Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic student access 
14% mature students access
0% gap between POLAR Q1 Low HE Participation Neighbourhood and POLAR Q5 High HE Participation Neighbourhood
0% gap in attainment of 1st and 2nd between IMD Q5 and Q1 (least to most deprived)
0% gap in attainment of 1st and 2nd between disabled and non-disabled students
0% gap in progression to employment and further study between Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and white students
0% gap in progression to employment and further study between care leavers and non-care leavers

[2] Awaiting OfS benchmarks for Graduate Outcomes (will update once available).

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