Research strategy and achievements
Our University is a powerhouse of research underpinned by a strategic approach that ensures we’re ranked among the leading research universities globally.
Our research funding success can be viewed in our annual stocktake report.
Our focus is on achieving excellence and impact across our diverse portfolio of cross-disciplinary research activities. We attract and develop the best people and provide a research environment where great ideas are born, which we've been internationally recognised for through our rankings.
Our research teams include two Nobel Laureates, Regius Professors, and celebrated Fellow of Academies and Learned Societies working with our research staff, postgraduate researchers and technicians in a world-class research environment.
Our research strategy
Our interdisciplinary collaborations through our research institutes and our Digital, Creative and Sustainable Futures research platforms catalyse research agendas and external partnerships. We collaborate regionally, including through the N8 university partnership and globally, including strategic research partnerships with leading universities in areas of mutual strength and shared interest.
We’ve set five priorities for delivering our research and discovery strategy:
- accelerating interdisciplinary research;
- developing research leadership and creativity;
- focusing on digital, creative and environmental sustainability;
- an open and responsible research environment;
- inspiring student learning with our research-intensive environment.
Discover how we work with business, public sector and charitable organisations.
Public engagement with research
Our public engagement work covers the ways in which our research and teaching is shared with the public.
Research strategy leadership
Meet the people leading the charge to find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
Our place as one of the UK's top research universities was confirmed in the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Learn how our research delivers economic, environmental, social, and health benefits across the globe.
Explore our international partnerships that are delivering meeting the needs of global challenges.
Find out how our Business engagement services helps organisations have a global impact.
Discover how we’re making a difference to local, national and international communities, including through public, civic and creative engagement.