SUPPORTIVe - Research - University of Ulster

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SUPPORTIVe - Research - University of Ulster

Commitment to Equality ofOpportunityIn supporting and carrying out Research, Research Training andInnovation, the University will ensure equality of opportunity and goodrelations as outlined in its Equality Scheme, and associated policies, andwhere possible and practicable it will be proactive in this.ContextThe University of Ulster (UU) has developed its researchin line with a series of strategic plans and within its overallCorporate Plan. Over the past decade research hasdeveloped strongly both quantitatively and qualitatively,the nature of research training has been transformedand the processes of technology and knowledge transfer(TKT) have emerged to ensure the disseminationof research fi ndings that enable innovation. Thesedevelopments and the university’s current standing inresearch are documented separately. 1The Corporate Plan under development during 2006indicates a vision “To be a University with a national andinternational reputation for its excellence, leadership andregional relevance”. Of the fi ve core strategic aims thatwill be pursued to realise the vision two are particularlyrelevant to this document. These are to:• Undertake excellent research in selected areas; andto• Establish the University as a sector leader in promotingcreativity and innovation.A third strategic aim underpins our work in all areas.This is to:• Conduct business in line with the University’s corevalues 2 .1Document entitled ‘Research at the University of Ulster1998-2005’,www.ulster.ac.uk/research.context2The core values are to: see each student and member of staff asan individual with their own needs; provide quality learning anddevelopment for students and staff; respect ourselves and those wedeal with and be accountable for what we say and do; work togetherwith trust, openness and honesty; value diversity and inclusivenessand see everyone as equals; be creative and adapt to the challengesof change; and take pride in how we do our work.Although we have renewed our commitment to workingto support the development of our region, we musttake our place among the national and internationalcommunity of universities. The performance of excellentresearch contributes to the standing of NorthernIreland and makes available the fi ndings that can lead toinnovation in existing businesses and the creation of newbusinesses. The training of research students ensuresthe availability of skilled people to carry out academicresearch and to lead R&D within business. A universitythat excels in research can be a force for cultural andsocial regeneration, acting as a magnet for high qualitystaff, students and businesses that wish to benefi t fromproximity to the research base and expertise.Within Northern Ireland there is support forinnovation that may lead to economic prosperity. The NIDepartment of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI)has developed a Research and Innovation Strategy (RIS),and an associated Action Plan. These are detailed on theDepartment’s website www.detini.gov.uk linking to www.detini.gov.uk/cgi-bin/moreutil?utilid=19The University provided input to the development ofthe RIS and Action Plan. Input was also provided tothe second Corporate Plan of Invest Northern Ireland(InvestNI). As a Non-Departmental Public Body of theparent department, DETI, InvestNI is responsible fordelivering on many of the RIS and other DETI objectivesand as such parallels in some respects the regionaldevelopment agencies (RDAs) established elsewherein the UK. The University maintains excellent workinginteractions with InvestNI. www.investni.com linking towww.investni.com/index/about/ab-reports-n-publications/ab-reports-corporate-info/ab-reports-corporate-strategy/corporate_plan.htm4

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