Purpose: engagement

A civic university for a global society

The University of Glasgow was founded for the benefit of the city and its people. Today, we remain committed to helping Glasgow to flourish – but we are also looking beyond the local area to engage a broader global community in our work.

Leading society

Our prosperity is intimately connected with the city of Glasgow. We will: 

  • Work in partnership with the city and its people to investigate the causes and remedies of local and global social, economic and health inequalities.
  • Promote a culture of public and societal engagement through working with communities, educators, the voluntary sector and policy makers in Glasgow, nationally and worldwide.
  • Continue to be national leaders in widening participation within elite higher education.

Facilitating enterprise

Glasgow is a world-famous city of industry. Reflecting this heritage, we will:

  • Grow our external engagement and establish at least one industrial, governmental or third sector strategic partnership per college within the next five years.
  • Expand our commitment to knowledge exchange through innovative and flexible approaches to commercialisation and industry collaboration.
  • Provide space and opportunities for staff and students to work with industry, SMEs, start-ups and spin-outs. 

Advancing understanding

We want to change the world for the better and serve our global communities. We will:

  • Engage in major knowledge transfer and exchange partnerships worldwide.
  • Tackle complex humanitarian issues in the areas of health, the economy and the environment.
  • Commit to long-term cooperation and partnership with allied institutions in emerging areas of the world.

Key performance indicators

Research impact: continual improvement

We will continually increase the number of impact case studies considered to be outstanding in their reach and significance.

Widening participation: 4th

We will maintain our position as having the 4th largest intake of students from widening participation backgrounds in Scotland.

Knowledge exchange: median

We will grow our income from commercial and government sources to the Russell Group median.