The University of Leeds is one of the top UK universities for research and impact power, we work across disciplines with international partners to find solutions to global challenges.
In this section you should find some useful information on our research agenda, facilities, support mechanisms, as well as some insightful cases studies.
The University of Leeds is dedicated to the creation, dissemination and application of knowledge, as such research and innovation is at the heart of our strategic plan.
We are building on our existing research strengths across our nine Faculties:
Our memberships to the Russell Group, White Rose University Consortium and Worldwide Universities Network means that in addition to our achievements in fundamental research we are well-positioned to make a significant contribution to the global agenda and shape the future of our world.
We are committed to interdisciplinary working to help tackle global challenges in areas including:
Our multidisciplinary research teams across these sector hubs aim to provide academic leadership in these areas and develop strategic regional, national and international collaborations and partnerships with industry and other partners.
We are also one of the main centres for postgraduate teaching in the country, with a vibrant post-graduate community over 8,000 students.
The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 saw Leeds ranked in 10th place for research power and 9th place for research impact power. Over 80% of our research was rating as either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
We have made breakthrough discoveries, designed innovative products, services and technology, developed research-informed public policies and projects for the cultural enrichment of society, and revolutionised established ideas, theories and practices.
The scale of the University’s economic, social and cultural impact is further highlighted in Viewforth Consulting’s independent report (2015). Key findings show that the University of Leeds:
Our research power, and the funding this attracts, enables us to invest in a world-class research infrastructure. We have recently invested more than £20 million pounds in our research environment and facilities. Our research facilities are developed under the control of dedicated facility managers so we not only provide state of the art equipment, but the expertise to make the most of it.
Facilities range from preparation and characterisation equipment required to undertake cutting-edge scientific research through to unique capabilities, such as our driving simulator, electron beam lithography system and national robotics capability.
As a researcher at Leeds you can expect a supportive environment where you can develop your career.
The Faculty research and innovation offices will provide you with research and innovation application support, from local processes, identifying funding opportunities, support for writing applications, to costing and approving grant applications.
Our research and innovation service will help you to develop and manage a range of innovation pathways. You will receive advice, guidance and input to progress knowledge exchange opportunities, along with targeted information about funding sources, including fellowships, large grants and EU funding as well as application support.
Our Staff and Departmental Development Unit (SDDU) will support your development in terms of research skills and research careers; they have a dedicated training programmes.
We are committed to your development whether you join us on a fixed-term contract or as a professor.
If you would like to see examples of our research then please read our latest new stories (June 2016):
Additionally, you can find a selection of cases studies taken from Leeds’ impact submission to the REF 2014. You will be able to explore our research by theme; cities, culture, food, health, energy, high-value engineering and water.