Discover our research

Our research changes lives. And that's no exaggeration.

The last Research Excellence Framework named us as a top 50 institution for research power in the UK. And our work improves lives globally. Every day.

Revolutionary research conducted here led to the development of liquid crystal display (LCD) screens used in TVs, laptops, phones and tablets. The ground-breaking technology behind bone density scanners (used to detect osteoporosis) and ‘lab-on-a-chip’ microdevice technology became possible by the ingenuity and passion of our world-leading experts. We’re incredibly ambitious about our research agenda. And we’re building on solid foundations to further develop our strengths and impact.

We believe that identifying and solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges are central to a university’s function. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chains to slavery. Every piece of thought-provoking, game-changing work does positive things for our community, our environment and our future.



Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training


Queen's Anniversary Prize

Our researchers are helping to tackle modern day slavery


Chronic cough drug

Improving the lives of 1 in 10 people worldwide with chronic cough


The impact of changing climate

Shaping a safer future for coastal communities


Liquid display brilliance shines on

Using our LCD breakthroughs to develop the new wave of flexible tech


Moving in a Connected World

How digital connectivity is transforming global supply chains and logistics

Our current research

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Explore our research institutes

Our seven research institutes work tirelessly to find solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the world today. The Institutes are a hub; bringing together expertise from all corners of the university. They form a focus point where our researchers work with key partners and stakeholders to deliver research that benefits everyone and shapes and informs future policy.

Our researchers work together in our dedicated institutes or one of our four academic faculties to find solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the world today.

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