University of Leicester Strategic Plan

Discovering innovative ways to change our world for the better.

front cover of the printed strategic planOver the past year we have been engaged in a Strategic Conversation with staff and students at the University. This Conversation was intended to bring about a new strategic plan for the University which would allow us to continue to make discoveries which improve people's lives and change the world for the better well into the future.

With that in mind we are pleased to present the University of Leicester Strategic Plan, a plan which has been shaped by staff and students at the University and which will help us to realise our aim of pioneering a distinctive elite of research-intensive universities which are open to anyone with talent. (View the printed Strategic Plan brochure as a PDF [5MB].)

Who will we be?

We aim above all for excellence. Already one of the very best British and global universities, we enjoy an enviable record of research discoveries, a flair for teaching innovation and proven success in broadening access to higher education. We are long-established yet focused on a future that will see us pioneering a distinctive elite of research-intensive institutions, open to all who have talent. Our plan consists of eight separate themes. These themes are what make us distinctive as an institution.


  • Our culture of collaboration
  • Inseparable teaching and research
  • Success built on partnership and innovation
  • A focus on students and commitment to social mobility
  • A culture of equality where everyone is valued
  • Our local impact
  • Our international focus
  • The unique character of our University

Take a look at the themes page to discover how we are planning to pioneer a distinctive elite of research-intensive institutions.

How will we do this?

Our commitments will give us a set of aims which we will stick to throughout the course of the strategic plan and will allow us to achieve our aims. Four main pillars of activity will be supported by a series of ambitious delivery plans and the commitments will be threaded throughout these and cut across all our colleges, departments and divisions. We will hold fast to these values and commitments.

Explore our commitments and find out how we will become distinctive.

What will we do?

We have a number of different priorities for the years to come, from a new Space Park which will provide a new anchor for vital British technological industries to providing one of the most flexible higher education curriculums through our Pathways Initiative. With a focus on the student learning experience at all times, we aim to transform our campus while continuing to provide the fantastic education which Leicester has always been renowned for. Our priorities will be refreshed as we learn from our successes, and respond to the challenges and opportunities that emerge from a changing local, national and global context. They are also grouped under the four main themes

Take a closer look to find out how we will realise our aims.

Students and staff at the heart of the University

Our values reflect our motto - ut vitam habeant, ‘so that they may have life’. To do justice to the hopes and the expectations of those on whose shoulders we now stand, we strive to make a difference in everything that we do. Our students and staff helped to create and shape the plan and their voices are at the heart of it. We have included staff and student ideas wherever possible and our shared values inspire and permeate the plan:

  • Sharing a commitment to excellence
  • Respecting and appreciating people in a culture of trust and integrity
  • Championing academic freedom and the importance of constructive debate
  • Recognising and celebrating achievement and success
  • Ensuring that the decisions we make about education are always student-centred
  • Nurturing innovation and solving problems creatively
  • Being aware that we work better when we work together
  • Being adventurous and acknowledging that without mistakes, change and innovation are impossible
  • Being accountable for our actions and promises
  • Leading by example and doing what we say we will do