Our community of researchers brings together excellence and innovation, pushing the frontiers of knowledge and discovery to shape a better future.

This involves creating, nurturing and promoting an environment in which people work together across disciplines and with partners to solve complex problems.

The result is truly transformational fundamental and challenge-led research that advances knowledge and creates solutions to local, national and global challenges.

Spotlight on coronavirus

Leeds researchers providing advice at the heart of Government

Experts at Leeds are advising the Government on the covid-19 pandemic, including as members of influential scientific panels.

Study highlights concern that cancer deaths could rise by at least 20%

The Covid-19 emergency could, over the next year, lead to a 20% rise in deaths among people newly diagnosed with cancer.

e-bikes could get Britons back to work

New research shows that electrically-assisted bikes (e-bikes) could offer a safe and sustainable route back to work.

LIDA joins powerful new covid-19 data alliance

Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) is providing a new consortium with access to secure infrastructure and global research expertise.

Simple fix creates coronavirus breathing aids

Engineers and scientists have developed a way to convert a sleep apnoea machine into a ventilator to treat people with covid-19.

Low-cost ventilatory support for covid-19 patients

Researchers at Leeds have developed a way of creating a ventilatory system for covid-19 patients that can be made rapidly on a 3D printer.

Covid-19 advice and support schemes for businesses

Members of the Nexus Community have compiled this resource to point you to business support available during the pandemic.

Research that changes the world

Leeds research and innovation leaders tackle global challenges

Three University of Leeds researchers are recipients of flagship fellowships aimed at addressing global challenges.

Scientist's double understanding of genetic risk of melanoma

Scientists have more than doubled the known number of regions on the human genome that influence the risk of developing melanoma.

Leeds is top three in UK for sustainable impact

The global Times Higher Education Impact Rankings has recognised the University as one of the top three in the UK and 11th worldwide.

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Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation - Professor Anthea Hucklesby

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Centres and institutes

Our environment allows interdisciplinary research to flourish; creating fresh ideas and approaches to problem solving. We conduct interdisciplinary and impact-orientated research to address challenges at regional, national and global levels. Below are some of the areas where we are working across disciplines to tackle global challenges.

Climate change
Data analytics
Global health
Social change
Structural biology