Celebrating our success over the last year: Annual report 2021 -22

We’re delighted to announce our Annual Report 2021-22 is now published and available to read.

The Report, which covers the academic year 2021-22, highlights our award-winning teaching and pioneering initiatives, our research that is actively improving lives and having lasting, meaningful impacts across society, our ground-breaking work in sustainability, and celebrates our extraordinary community of staff, alumni and students. It also looks ahead to our new Vision for 2030, which will shape how we build a sustainable, innovative future.

Together, we have continued to deliver tangible change and transform people’s lives. Our impact has been recognised in number of ways, including being ranked third in the UK for graduate employment according to the Graduate Outcomes 2022 survey, and the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) new findings showing that we are in the top 20% of universities for working with the public and third sectors, and in the top 40% of universities in several other key areas, including local and regional regeneration.

Our community has been honoured with a number of prestigious national awards, for inclusive leadership, pioneering research, outstanding contributions during the pandemic, and much more.

In 2022, we marked our Diamond Jubilee, and hosted a packed programme of events and special projects to celebrate our shared achievements and reflect on a long history of transformative education.

We also launched a new Academy for Sustainable Futures, which builds on a decade of pioneering work in sustainability and will steer our collective mission to create a sustainable future and make an active response to the climate crisis.

Looking ahead, we are now embarking on our new Vision for 2030: our new Strategic Framework which will steer us from 2023 to 2030. Collaboratively conceived through engagement with our community and external partners, the Vision will guide how the University will deliver education, research and enterprise to maintain a successful future, as well as setting out how we will continue to effect real change for the communities we serve.

It is only through the enormously hard work and dedication of all our staff, alumni and students that we are able to celebrate such a special, successful year, and look forward to the exciting new future ahead of us – thank you.

Read the Annual Report here.