Our research is driven by key principles, by which the University judges the merits of planning and investment decisions for research. These principles include:
- A belief that research is a public good. Research is the driver of the knowledge economy, and we will work to ensure that new knowledge created at University is made available to society. We strongly assert that research is inherently valuable, by its ability to throw new light on previous assumptions and to add to the sum of human knowledge. Our research will play a role in shaping and responding to national and international agendas.
- Researchers should be able to achieve personal goals. Good research depends upon the excitement and enthusiasm of individual researchers who will have their own intellectual. Those ambitions will be groomed and informed by University’s stimulating research environment and strategic goals, but they will have their own roots and drivers as well, and together these will determine the university’s overall research capacity.
- Recognition of the importance of inter-disciplinary research. Despite the primacy of the aviation-related topics in our research we will foster interactions with other areas; not least because advances in knowledge often occur unexpectedly at the intersections and edges of disciplines.
- A strong link between teaching and research. We believe that research environment is greatly enhanced by challenges that comes from researchers teaching enquiring students, and that developing critical thinking skills in students is best done in an atmosphere where they are exposed to research and researchers of high quality.