In the last government Research Assessment Exercise, Warwick was rated fifth in the UK for research excellence;in the media league tables, it has consistently maintained its position in the Top Ten; applications for undergraduate places currently stand at around 30,000for 3,000 undergraduate places, and over the last seven years we have built up from scratch a flourishing Medical School.
Now, as we approach Warwick’s 50th birthday in2015, our challenge is plain: how to focus activity and drive so as to attain greater international pre-eminence. National pre-eminence is no longer enough:we have set our sights on making Warwick a universally acknowledged world centre of higher education by 2015, firmly in the top 50 of world universities.To do so we need to reinvigorate that unique mixture of entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to absolute academic excellence that has served the University so well in the past and that is largely responsible for our success to date.
This strategy sets out ideas and principles,important priorities and some key activities that will occupy us in the next few years as we work towards our goal. It has been written after extensive consultation with members of the University – staff, students, alumni, lay members. We know from this consultation process that there is a real appetite for involvement, and for moving ahead quickly to realise our ambitions. So it is with the full support of the University community that we will move forward with this strategy and that, in itself, will be the greatest guarantee of its success.