Birmingham 2026 is the next stage of the process set out in the Strategic Framework 2015-2020. It is an ambitious yet achievable plan to raise the academic performance of the University by growing research activity and increasing our student and staff numbers over the next decade. It provides clear and challenging goals, charting a course for balanced growth led by our excellence in research and teaching, underpinned by financial sustainability.

We will do this by:

  • Investing in people and the intellectual environment
  • Strengthening our research position
  • Extending our global footprint
  • Leading innovation in education

We aim to:

  • Increase research awards by 10% per annum to £350m
  • Secure a top 100 position in all major international rankings
  • Enhance student:staff ratios
  • Grow our student numbers by around 11,000, many of whom will be studying overseas
  • Recruit 1,400 additional academic and research-focused staff
  • Be among the UK’s top 5 research intensive universities