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Home to the curious, brave and bold

We’re a university where curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries, isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected. 

We are determined to do things differently and put student success at the centre of everything we do.

We're committed to two things: excellence in teaching and excellence in research. We put student success at the heart of our mission, supporting every student from every background to achieve outstanding outcomes; preparing our students to thrive in their future lives.

We are open about our aims and how we want to achieve them. Our strategy sets out our ambitions for 2025. On these pages you'll find more on our plans, our finance, our senior team and how we work.

We are...

25th in the UK for research quality (Times Good University Guide 2022)
Top 25 for the most international student community in the THE World University Rankings 2022
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