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Newcastle University Reveals Vision to Become World Leader

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Newcastle University has set out its vision to become a world leader in areas that will make a difference to millions of people around the world.

The vision is titled "From Newcastle. For the World" and was unveiled by University vice-chancellor Professor Chris Day in the hope the institution will have a greater impact on society, both locally and around the world.

The university is facing increased competition and factors such as Brexit threaten both its income and its ranking in the world.

The new vision was discussed with staff, students and outside organisations as the university wants to become "a more globally inclusive institution, providing new knowledge and creative solutions that make a positive impact on the economy and society of the region, the UK and beyond."

Including in the plans is a Newcastle Doctoral College, which will create a world-class centre for research.

Commenting on the vision, Prof Day said: "We are excellent in a lot of areas, but we want to be world leading in areas that enable us to make a real difference out there. That's why our strapline is 'the things we're doing here are making a difference out there'."

"It's all about what Newcastle can offer the world. We can offer it the essence of this university: producing fantastic, work-ready graduates, and we want to do more of that. We're in the top 10 for gradate employment and 86% of our graduates, six months after leading here, are in a graduate-level job."

"The second thing you can do is research that's of a real relevance. In ageing, energy, data and digital, creative and cultural, and cities - those are pretty big areas that really impact on people's lives."

The new vision is being backed by the appointment of Prof Julie Sanders as deputy vice-chancellor, Prof Brian Walker as pro-vice-chancellor for research strategy and resources, and Prof Nigel Harkness as pro-vice-chancellor for humanities and social sciences.