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Our Vision

Updated December 2018

Our aim is to equip the University to deliver its strategic goals through a talented and diverse, high performance community, guided by our core values and with a common purpose of transforming lives locally and globally. 

"Our people and our values are at the heart of everything we do."


Engaging our Community

We will create a working environment in which our community is inspired to give their best and are motivated to be part of the University’s success by working together and supporting each other. We will value and respond positively to feedback and communicate effectively at all levels.

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

We will build a University community and culture that values individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and lifestyles and encourages everyone to realise their full potential.  We are committed to working proactively towards eliminating discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation.

Ensuring Health, Safety and Wellbeing

We will place health, safety and wellbeing at the heart of the experience of working and studying at the University, promoting and supporting a healthy working environment.

Enabling Performance, Development and Growth

We will work with colleagues across the University to understand current and future staffing requirements and the capabilities required to make us Scotland’s leading University.  We will develop our high performance community by leading, supporting and motivating individuals so they can take responsibility for their own performance and development, aligned to the University’s strategic goals and priorities.  We will develop a community that is agile and flexible and able to respond positively to change.

Attracting Talent

We will promote the University locally, nationally and internationally to attract the brightest and the best talent to be part of our high performance community and will strengthen our brand and enhance our reputation as employer of choice.

Recognising Excellent Performance and Outcomes

We will establish fair, transparent and flexible reward systems and career progression pathways which reward individuals and teams and underpin the delivery of the University’s strategic objectives and values in action.

Developing Leadership and Management

We will instil confidence and capability in our leaders and mangers to deliver innovative and creative solutions, motivate, coach and support staff to achieve excellence and embody the University’s values.  We will identify and nurture talent early to support effective succession planning and build the next generation of academic and professional leaders.


In delivering our vision, HR&OD will be a Directorate that: