Strategy 2014


Strategic Aim 2: to achieve the highest standards in research, using disciplinary strengths and multi-disciplinary approaches to tackle the most challenging and pressing research problems.

We affirm the fundamental contributions that knowledge creation makes to the cultural, intellectual and material life of nations, and the paramount role that university-led research plays in ensuring open and unfettered enquiry.

QMUL has made extraordinary progress in recent years in achieving prominence in research areas distributed across all three Faculties (Humanities and Social Sciences, Medicine and Dentistry, Science and Engineering). We will continue to encourage and facilitate (in part through the further improvement of research support services) outstanding research across a wide spectrum, from basic curiosity-driven work through to applied research and innovations that deliver more immediate benefits, whether economic, cultural or social. The expertise and experience of our academic staff provide the most potent contribution to our collective ability to determine major research directions, both within QMUL and with respect to national priorities. We will periodically review our activities to ensure that we remain at the forefront of the national research enterprise.

We recognise that the framework of academic disciplines provides appropriate support for research in some areas; in others, the fast-moving and diverse nature of many of the major challenges facing humankind dictate the need to foster interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to research. We will accordingly undertake major initiatives under this heading, to include for example significant investment into the Life Sciences, bridging all three Faculties, and promotion of research in the digital humanities. Interdisciplinary growth areas will continue to be supported either directly or through the launch of new Institutes.

We will exploit our research links with key partners, notably fellow members of UCL Partners and through our strategic alliance with the University of Warwick, and with an increasing number of universities and organisations outside the UK (see Strategic Aim 4).

A healthy research environment requires the active recruitment of talented staff at all levels and we will ensure that we continue to recruit a high level of doctoral, postdoctoral and early career researchers as well as utilising opportunities to attract outstanding new academic staff and build new research teams. The Queen Mary Doctoral College will provide a focus for doctoral and postdoctoral researcher support.

We will foster the application and commercialisation of research by streamlining and focussing the support available to researchers and by ensuring that our intellectual property and other policies explicitly encourage and recognise the value of this work. We will develop our approach to intellectual property rights to ensure the achievement of two fundamental objectives: generous treatment of QMUL staff and optimised achievement of public benefit.

As a research-led institution, it is self-evident that our teaching will be informed by our work in knowledge creation. Furthermore, the most talented students seek an education that is not only underpinned by research but that also enables them to interact with this research and the academics who are conducting it. We also recognise the new insight and perspective brought to our research activities as a result of activities in knowledge dissemination (teaching-informed and public engagement-informed research) and also through our interactions with business and other partners.



2.1 Enhance QMUL’s position as a leading research university.

Indicator of ProgressTarget
Placement within rankings of world universities.Top 75 in QS and THE Rankings by 18/19.
Grant success rates for major funding bodies.Achieve median RCUK success rate for Russell Group institutions, with similar success rates for other major funding agencies.
Spend on research equipment.Expenditure on research equipment equivalent to 10% of total research income by 18/19.

2.2 Educate to PhD level an increasing number of students, derived both from the UK and overseas.

Indicator of ProgressTarget
Number of PhD students.50% increase by 18/19
Submission ratesAt least 90% submission rate within 4 years (and equivalent for part-time students).

2.3 Recruit and support post-doctoral and other early career researchers.

Indicator of ProgressTarget
Number of post-doctoral researchers.50% increase by 18/19.
Number of independently funded research fellows.100% increase by 18/19.

2.4 Sustain an environment in which academic engagement in innovation is recognised, encouraged and rewarded, in order to maximise the societal and economic benefits of QMUL’s research.

Indicator of ProgressTarget
Number of inventions disclosed to Queen Mary Innovation Ltd.Top ten UK HEI by this measure by 18/19.
Number of, and income generated through, licensing agreements and spin-out companies.Top ten UK HEI by this measure by 18/19.
Increase research income from industry and commerce100% increase by 18/19.