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How we create value

How our people, infrastructure, finance, networks, and partnerships help us create value for our stakeholders. Part of the Annual Report and Accounts 2020/21.

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We create and sustain value for our students, staff, alumni, society, and partners.

As part of our Annual Report and Accounts, we show how we use what we draw from to create and sustain value for our numerous stakeholders. Examples within the report demonstrate how we allocate resources, manage risks, and develop opportunities through our education, research, and engagement.

What we draw from

We draw from the following to create non-financial and financial value:

  • people
  • networks and partnerships
  • infrastructure
  • finance

Examples of how we create value

We enhance teaching and research by utilising the skills of exceptional individuals who have specific expertise and experience.

We work with our stakeholders to identify the challenges that face society and the skills required for our students and this informs our curriculum.

We work with our partners in providing placement opportunities for our students further enhancing their learning experiences with real-life work environments.

We employ the best possible staff from around the world who undertake both applied and blue-sky research to generate knowledge. This enhanced understanding benefits society and is embedded within our teaching which attracts highly able students to our city.

Our high-quality campus and activities are sustained by fees received for teaching and payments for undertaking research. We also receive donations and generate income from other areas such as accommodation, facility use, and investments. All surpluses are reinvested for the benefit of our stakeholders.

Our research addresses global challenges and our graduates make significant contributions to society.


Knowledge and understanding

The generation of new knowledge for global benefit results in an enhanced reputation for working at the highest level.

Student experience

Exceptional curricular, non-curricular sporting, and social opportunities result in high rates of graduate employment in professional jobs or further study.

Enhancing capability of people

People with the skills, motivation, knowledge, and experience to deliver together for a community.

Capacity of infrastructure

High-quality sustainable built environment with an ongoing investment in facilities and equipment.

Financial stability

A successful operating model and a strong financial position enable financial sustainability and provide for future investment.

Stakeholder value

We share the value we create for the benefit of our stakeholders.


We reinvest in our educational provision for both current and future students.


We develop our staff through a number of programmes to grow their capability and our base and reinvest in staff facilities and new appointments.


We have developed a significant professional alumni network and support graduates into professional employment or further study.


We create value for the benefit of the regional economy and are the 2nd largest employer in the city. We work with local communities to attract jobs and investment into the region.

Partner organisations

We work with research funders, government agencies, and society to share the value we create and nurture partnerships with employers and other universities to create additional value.