We will have built a very strong reputation based on:
- Our distinctive focus on the future needs of health systems – in particular, a major emphasis on population health;
- Our excellence, with all aspects of research and teaching being ranked in the top 10 in the UK in the relevant field; and
- Our exceptional levels of collaboration – in particular, outstanding levels of inter-disciplinary working, our networks in health, and our international outreach.
Through our research, our external engagement, and the knowledge and skills of our graduates, our expertise will be having real impact on health and care – it will be:
- Making major contributions to underpinning knowledge and understanding;
- Influencing policy and practice and driving innovation internationally and nationally;
- Supporting, locally and regionally, the delivery and development of health and care services and the social and economic development within communities to promote population health and reduce health inequalities.
Its ways of working and the accommodation and facilities available will mean that it is a great place to work.
And it will have grown significantly but in a way that is sustainable.
A key part of our vision will be to develop Lancaster as a centre of excellence in population health, focusing specifically on:
- identifying and addressing the determinants and processes (social, biological and psychological) leading to poor health
- the prevention and early diagnosis of illness
- early interventions to limit illness and its consequences
- the maintenance and enhancement of health, wellbeing, and independence throughout life including when living with long-term and end-stage illness
- the development of the health and care systems and of individuals and communities to maximise health and wellbeing.
During this period we are planning for significant growth. In terms of scale our ambition over the next five years is to grow:
- Our staffing by 30-40% (to a total staffing of c.350) – but with growth varying in scale and timing across the different parts of the Faculty (c.20% growth in DHR, c50% growth in BLS and c.50% growth in LMS (with particular expansion in clinical academic staffing)).
- Our student numbers from 200 UG pa to c.350 pa and from 240 PG pa to c.300 pa with an improved balance between UG, PGT, BL PGT, PGR and BL PGR (with particular emphasis on growing international student numbers where possible).