Help develop City's new Vision and Strategy

A new Vision and Strategy for City

To inform our overarching objectives and direction, City is currently developing a new vision and strategy and is looking for input from students, staff and alumni.

The collaborative process will deliver the key elements of a new and distinctive Vision and Strategy for City, which will guide our future successes.

Once complete, our strategy will set out a framework of priorities for us to work towards that will enable us to deliver the best experience for students, staff and alumni; ensure the world around us understands what makes City special; and will enable us to live our mission.

City is an ambitious university and so, we have set an ambitious target to deliver this work - the key elements of our new strategy are scheduled to be delivered by Spring 2022.

Hear from our President

(Prof.) Sir Anthony Finkelstein explains why a new vision is required for City and why it matters to students.

How you can get involved

We are asking students, staff alumni and external stakeholders to exchange ideas about the kind of institution we want City to be and the direction we want to take to create our shared vision for City’s future and a roadmap to guide us through the changes we need to make to achieve it.

To take part in the next stage, you can login to the Big City Conversation online platform using your unique login in mid-February, to see our draft vision and strategic themes and share your views on them.

President, (Prof.) Sir Anthony Finkelstein said:

“There is no effective strategy unless it has the shared commitment and engagement of the City community. We want to hear from you as part of the Big City Conversation. I strongly encourage you to participate and play a key role in shaping City’s future

Our innovative approach to developing the new Vision and Strategy

To ensure the widest consultation across our community, we are using a combination of in person and online events, focus groups, one-to-one interviews and the Big City Conversation, our online digital platform.

The Big City Conversation enables all students, staff and alumni to share ideas and insights in a safe, anonymous online space. Using your unique log-in, you can post your own ideas and read, comment and vote on the ideas of others.

Your valuable contributions through these forums will be analysed, with every comment submitted to the Big City Conversation being read by a real person. They will be combined with insight and analysis from a broad range of external perspectives and data sources, including:

  • Analysis to identify trends and insights to inform and ground the strategy
  • Interviews with leaders in the higher education sector
  • Case studies to identify best practice from inside and outside higher education.
  • Employer interviews to understand their requirements of graduates.
  • Engagement activity with student ambassadors and programme representatives.

The analysis will be used to facilitate a series of workshops throughout January with a broad range of stakeholder representatives, which will enable us to develop our draft vision and strategic themes.

We will then ask for your feedback on them, through a second Big City Conversation using our online platform in mid-February.