Statement on University of Leicester’s strategic plan

The University of Leicester today outlined plans for a strategic case for change.

Speaking about the announcement, Professor Nishan Canagarajah, President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Leicester, said: 

“The University of Leicester has an impressive history and continues to be a truly world-leading research and education institution. As we are creating our strategic plan for the next 10 years, it has become apparent that we need to focus our efforts and build on our core strengths. 

"We must take action to change the size and shape of the University to ensure we provide the best education experience and can take advantage of emerging opportunities in research and education.

"Earlier today we informed staff of proposals which aim to deliver academic transformation to support our strategic plan as well as changes to reshape our professional services to respond to future need. These proposals underpin our long term strategy for the University and are not determined by our financial performance. 

"We are currently in pre-change engagement with colleagues, the Students’ Union and recognised trade unions. It is important that we work with those impacted and give them the chance to shape the changes and collectively review where we are and where we need to be. This feedback will inform any final decisions regarding changes.

"This is not a decision I have taken lightly. But I believe we need to take action now, to protect us from further changes in the future. This is going to be a difficult time for those impacted and we have put support processes in place to help people during this time.”