Our research is an important way to make a substantial impact on the critical challenges we face today.

Focused around six themes our research spans the global challenges that we face: from meeting the needs of an ageing population to understanding the unique and fragile environments we live in, to tackling energy, food and water security so we can make the best use of our planet’s resources.

The research stories behind our themes showcase the ways in which we are seeking to address and answer the demands of our society as well as how we are informing, changing and adapting to them. 

The aim of our research is to get a better understanding of the world around us, from molecular biology to nutrition to business.

Prof David Richardson, Vice-Chancellor


Culture, Creativity and Belief

Healthy Living and ageing

Rethinking Society

Securing energy, food and water

Understanding human and natural environments

Understanding the fundamentals