Our developing research culture will dovetail with our approach to teaching, learning and assessment, with our research informing our teaching and providing opportunities for our students – both undergraduate and postgraduate – to engage with our research activity and our research-active staff. Our research activities will be critical to our ability to produce graduates who are can address the industrial demands of the 4th industrial revolution and its impact on industries, markets and society.
OBJECTIVE 1 - To conduct high quality impactful applied research that will strengthen our reputation as the leading private technical university in the Baltic Sea Region. Strategic Actions
- Review our current portfolio of research specialisations and concentrate our activities on a cluster of research specialisations based on our expertise, staffing capacity, on future trends of technological developments and the Region’s economic and technological needs;
- Continue to focus on EU funded projects and expand our research partnerships with universities of high standings from the Baltic Sea Region;
- Strengthen our network of European and international partnerships focusing on the potential for generating high quality research output;
- Capitalise on the opportunities that Brexit will create and develop a strategic alliance with a UK University around academic portfolio delivery and to increase TSI’ research capabilities and capacity;
- Prioritise publications in highly ranked journals and joint international research output to maximise our citations impact;
- Continue to engage with international networks and research centres that align with our research clusters;
- Grow our consultancy, knowledge exchange activities and industry funded research projects and Support knowledge exchange activities that ensure our best innovations are readily translated for the economic, cultural and social benefit of users worldwide; and
- Ensure publication volumes are sufficient to secure a ranking in the THES World Universities League Table in the longer run.
OBJECTIVE 2 - To develop internationally-recognised research and innovation active staff. Strategic Actions
- Establish a business development team that will provide our research-active staff with the right infrastructure and support to identify funding opportunities, to support partnership development and management and to provide effective administrative support to enable our research staff focus on their research commitments;
- Develop a supportive environment for both aspiring and research-active staff ensuring that all staff are aligned with an appropriate research cluster and that early career researchers and research active staff are appropriately trained and mentored;
- Implement a comprehensive early-career support structure for research staff and enable early and mid-career researchers to be competitive in winning grants, be successful in producing high-quality publications and successful in securing innovation income;
- Establish an environment to encourage and support staff carry out consultancy and innovation activities such as a creating a subsidiary of TSI (TSI Consultancy Ltd) within which TSI staff are able to conduct consultancy with the appropriate administrative and legal support provided by TSI;
- Put in place a workload model that reflects TSI’s and each individual staff’s research priorities and provides TSI and each research staff with a fair and equitable framework to review performance annually.
OBJECTIVE 3 - To create a critical mass of research-active staff and establish a pipeline of future research staff. Strategic Actions
- Diversify the research staffing base and increase the international staff complement within the institution;
- Launch a programme of joint-PhDs (co-tutelle) with our UK and key European partners;
- Appoint visiting research Professors with internationally recognised expertise and visiting Professors from partner institutions and seek to offer post-doc researchers from partner institutions the opportunity to be a visiting (associate) Professor at TSI for an agreed period in areas relating to the research clusters;
- Actively recruit international PhD students, capitalising on the quality of research facilities at TSI and the competitive tuition fees at TSI;
- Embed research activities into the teaching curriculum at undergraduate and postgraduate and foster research interests amongst our students;
- Incentivise and reward successful research staff through mechanisms such as honorariums, seed funding or travel grants and establish a career and promotion path for staff who are engaged in research or innovation and consultancy activities;
- Facilitate the possibilities of benefitting from international networking, collaboration and exchange opportunities that will extend the reach and profile of their work and enhance its further progress.
- Improve our postgraduate research culture and enhance our supervision capacity to support increased numbers of postgraduate researchers
OBJECTIVE 4 - To establish an appropriate number of focused, multi-disciplinary research clusters that address key issues facing society with the potential for national and international impact. Strategic Actions
- Establish a limited number of research clusters, appropriately resourced, to support internationally relevant cross-disciplinary research and innovation themes directed by well-established research and innovation leaders in consultation with key external stakeholders,
- Foster interdisciplinary research and innovation that leads to increases in the volume, quality and impact of our publications, greater diversity of income streams and enhanced postgraduate research experience,
- Engage with national and international networks that align with our thematic areas, and
- Make effective use of our research and innovation themes to coordinate and enhance staff and student engagement with the end users of research and innovation locally, nationally and globally.
- Design and implement a communication strategy with international reach to showcase the achievements of TSI, to promote the range of our staff expertise, to publicise our research projects and knowledge exchange activities and to disseminate to a global audience our successes;
- Organise an annual event and international conferences to showcase our research and international partnerships and achievements;
- Implement means for staff at all career stages to benefit from international networking, conference attendance, collaboration and exchange opportunities that will extend the reach and profile of their work and enhance its further progress.
- Engage with our alumni across all sectors of business and government, both nationally and internationally to expand our connections and share our expertise.