Research strategy

The university’s mission is to work in partnership to enable individuals and organisations to achieve their potential through high-quality learning, research and knowledge transfer.

The main objectives of Teesside University's research strategy are to:

  • establish an ethos in the University of research performance improvement, and create a culture throughout the University which is supportive of high quality research
  • achieve international-quality research in selected themes, encouraging a certain amount of fundamental research whilst focusing the majority of research activity on applied research
  • improve the depth and breadth of research in the University, as reflected in year-on-year improvement in external measures, including an increase in the level of external funding won in support of research
  • promote internal mechanisms and structures which will facilitate the achievement of high-quality research, and establish mechanisms for the development, encouragement and support of research-active staff
  • ensure that the academic strategy and business engagement strategy are supported by an increase in the extent of research activity to facilitate the growth of postgraduate programmes, and to underpin employer engagement and knowledge-transfer in all its forms.

Central to the research strategy is the role of the University research institutes, and the research themes and areas which the University seeks to grow to international excellence.

As part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, all higher education institutions were required to develop a Code of Practice and an Equality Impact Assessment outlining the procedures for the selection of staff to be returned to REF and addressing the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. The outcome of the 2014 exercise will be published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) on 18 December 2014.

  Download the code of practice (pdf - 70kb)
  Download the equality impact assessment (pdf - 257kb)