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Guided by our mission to contribute to the intellectual, cultural, and economic life of our region and wider community, the pursuit of excellence in research, innovation, discovery, and teaching and learning lie at the heart of what we do.

International Research Excellence

The work of our academic staff, students and collaborators has enabled us to develop 14 focussed areas of international research excellence, as rated by the Research Excellence Framework 2014, HEFCE.

The Research Excellence Framework 2014, run by the UK’s funding councils, recognised the high-quality of our research outputs, environment and impact in the following areas:

World leading research

  • Applied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy
  • Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology
  • Business and Management Studies
  • Education
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism
  • Area Studies
  • English Language and Literature History
  • Theology and Religious Studies
  • Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory
  • Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts

Internationally excellent research

  • Computer Science and Informatics
  • Social Work and Social Policy

Specialist Research Centres

Research conducted by staff and students at the University is diverse, and can be associated with activity undertaken in one of our specialist groups or research centres, or carried out on an individual basis at faculty or departmental level.

You can find out more about our staff research interests, publications and research seminars by consulting the faculty and departmental pages.

Research undertaken in our various faculties, departments and institutes, as well as cross-faculty initiatives and research assessment results can be found throughout our web pages.