Our research encompasses a broad range of disciplines, focusing on aspects of life that affect us all. Over the last 20 years, we have invested heavily in growing our research activity and, as a result, various areas of research we have undertaken now have national and international recognition.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) assessment which evaluates the quality and impact of research submitted by UK universities, we achieved our best ever results. All 14 Research Centres submitted had elements rated as world-leading across all areas, indicating the impact of our researchers’ work in the real world, and our efforts were recognised with a £2 million investment; this is testament to our dedicated, hard-working staff, and a mark of the University’s constant drive for discovery and innovation.
All of our academic schools have areas of research strength, overseen by our established Research Institutes and Centres, many of which work closely with industry on large-scale projects.
Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation
Centre for Creativity, History and Identity in Performance
Digital, Theory, Technology and Practice Research Group
Centre for Film, Media, Discourse and Culture
Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research
Centre for Applied Research and Education in Dementia
Institute of Education Research Centre
Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement
Research Institute in Healthcare Science
Neuro-oncology Research Centre
Research Centre for Sport, Exercise and Performance
Built Environment, Information Systems and Learning Technology Research Centre
Data and Security Research Hub
Engineering and Computer Science Research Centre
Research Institute in Information and Language Processing
Centre for Applied Social Research
First World War Research Group
Centre for Historical Research
Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution
Law Research Centre
Management Research Centre