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Research Strategy

Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy 2013-18

R-LINCS:  Research–Led Innovation Nodes for Contemporary Society

Our Ethos

Complexity and interconnectedness affect our lives both positively and negatively. Benefits include social interaction unfettered by distance and time zones; globalised trading; high standards of living in safe environments; reliable energy supplies; affordable food and drink supply chains; and accessible healthcare. But these benefits are not universal, and their maintenance, extension and development require cross-disciplinary and collaborative solutions to ‘big’ research questions.

Abertay University is a compact, focused institution, and this enables us to work effectively both within and across traditional research boundaries. Subject expertise from a range of areas is integrated to pose new questions and find creative solutions to the problems facing societies. We are committed to maintaining our world-leading role in aspects of environmental sciences, developing our nascent groups in inclusive technologies for sustainability, well-being and security, and growing research activity, income, impact and demand driven Knowledge Exchange based on inter-disciplinary research themes that align with our teaching activities and government priorities.

Consequently, the Abertay University Research and Knowledge Exchange strategy, R-LINCS (Research-Led Innovation Nodes for Contemporary Society), bridges conventional boundaries between research disciplines to devise innovative approaches to address societal challenges. R-LINCS is structured into four themes: Creative Industries, Environment, Security, and Society.

The Framework

Our ambitious five year plan to build capacity and drive interdisciplinary research and innovation is being stimulated by significant investment. Strategic research activity will be focused around themes and will address key local, national and international priorities, building on our existing areas of expertise and on our industry facing heritage. Theme areas will evolve over the medium term in response to external demands and internal expertise, opportunities and successes.

The strategy framework will:

  • Build critical mass and facilitate research management through focussed research themes, to foster excellence, new research and knowledge exchange opportunities and increased funding by leveraging existing strength;
  • Stimulate excellence in interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange with societal and economic impact through new appointment of leading academics;
  • Support the development of researchers to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse and global research environment through provision of mentoring, researcher training and open-access publication support;
  • Establish a pan-University Graduate School, offering an integrated training programme to the postgraduate research and taught community within a single centre, thereby serving to inculcate interdisciplinary working in our next generation of researchers;
  • Provide targeted internal support for research students (doctoral scholarships) to stimulate new intra- and inter-theme developments appropriate for a contemporary research landscape; 
  • Provide support for enterprise and innovation by way of proof of concept funding for small-scale research and knowledge exchange projects;
  • Develop further strategic collaborations through national and international academic and industrial research and knowledge exchange alliances; 
  • Facilitate interaction with public engagement channels.