The planning function within the Directorate has five main functions:

1. to lead the development of the  University’s strategic plan, and to monitor progress against the plan’s targets

2. to support Faculties and University Administration in the production of their plans

3. to analyse the University’s main funding contract with HEFCE and to ensure that statutory returns to the funding council are made

4. to contribute to the development of institutional bids

5. to contribute to the development and implementation of strategy and policy within the University