Our community of researchers brings together excellence and innovation, pushing the frontiers of knowledge and discovery to shape a better future.

This involves creating, nurturing and promoting an environment in which people work together across disciplines and with partners to solve complex problems.

The result is truly transformational fundamental and challenge-led research that advances knowledge and creates solutions to local, national and global challenges.

Spotlight on coronavirus

Learning lessons from lockdown school closures

Schools are being urged to support a study to help determine the effect of the national lockdown on children’s learning.

Research to understand COVID-19 spread on public transport

A major study has been launched to understand the risks of COVID-19 transmission on buses & trains and to identify measures to control it.

Covid-19 advice and support schemes for businesses

Nexus has compiled the latest information and resources to guide you through the advice and support schemes available related to COVID-19.

Spotlight on medical technologies

Centre for Responsive HealthTech Innovation

Enabling scientific discoveries to be translated into real-life healthcare solutions quickly and effectively.

Research that changes the world

New Deputy Vice-Chancellor to head research and innovation

The University has appointed Professor Nick Plant as its new Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation.

New materials will help UK achieve net-zero, say researchers

Scientists have pledged to develop a new generation of ultra-efficient electronics to help the UK achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Global food production poses an increasing climate threat

Rising nitrous oxide emissions are jeopardizing climate goals and the Paris Accord, according to a new international study.

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Interim Executive Dean - Professor Alastair Mullis

Pro-Dean for Student EducationProfessor Simon Lightfoot

Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation - Professor Stuart Lister

Pro-Dean for International - Professor Norma Martin-Clement

Enquiries

Faculty office - +44 (0)113 343 7428

Centres and institutes

Our environment allows interdisciplinary research to flourish; creating fresh ideas and approaches to problem solving. We conduct interdisciplinary and impact-orientated research to address challenges at regional, national and global levels. Below are some of the areas where we are working across disciplines to tackle global challenges.

Cities
Climate change
Culture
Data analytics
Energy
Food
Global health
Social change
Structural biology