Practice at our heart

Creating knowledge and putting it into action means having practice at the heart of what we do across education, research and knowledge exchange and engagement.

Embracing practice across our work

Our learning community embraces a culture of discovery and enquiry across our three interconnected activities of practice-oriented education, impactful research and knowledge exchange, and engagement.


Our students learn through activities and through experience, by doing, making and analysing. We foster innovation, encouraging our students to be creative and curious. They apply their advanced knowledge and skills to real-world and work-based projects that benefit society, the professions and business. Learning this way, our students develop the skills, behaviours and attitudes that they will use as change-makers and which employers want and need.

Research and knowledge exchange

We create new knowledge which we and others put into action to further our University’s purpose, benefitting society and the economy, the environment, enhancing health and wellbeing and enriching culture and communities.  In research and knowledge exchange we foster interdisciplinary work, designing for impact.


We are committed to engaging with society and excelling in collaboration. We bring together practitioners, academics and professional services with students and alumni to engage with individuals and organisations. We work with communities, businesses, policymakers and the public to tackle complex problems and create solutions. We create collaborative advantage aligned with our integrating themes, in support of education, research and knowledge exchange and our civic role, whether on a local or global scale.

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Our plans for what we will do towards 2031 and how we will do it.