Leeds is building on its existing research strengths and commitments to interdisciplinary working. We are making major investments in academic staff and facilities across the next five years, including 250 early academic fellowships.


Tackling global challenges

Leeds is committed to working across disciplines to help tackle global challenges in areas including:

Expertise in resilient infrastructure, sustainable cities and building sustainable societies is being applied to challenges including social justice and economic sustainability.
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Climate change and its impact on society and ecosystems is a grand challenge at a global scale, demanding solutions developed by a community of researchers who work together across a range of disciplines.
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Culture is at the heart of exciting plans to galvanise the University’s contribution to the city and region - as well as nationally and internationally - creating a wide range of collaborative opportunities for staff, students and partners.
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Energy Leeds brings together researchers to tackle one of the greatest challenges of the 21st Century – maintaining clean, secure and affordable supplies as part of a sustainable energy future.
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Leeds has a track record of food and nutrition research which has influenced policy, supported industry on R&D and innovation on issues from sustenance to sustainability.
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From leading health informatics and new imaging technologies, to surgical robots and new drug discoveries, Leeds is at the forefront of tackling 21st Century healthcare needs.
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We are applying our underpinning scientific knowledge of products and expertise in engineering science to create more efficient and sustainable processes, as well as better products to improve people’s quality of life.
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Leeds is home to the largest interdisciplinary water research centre of its kind in the world.
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Facilities

We continue to invest in our facilities. These range from the core tools needed to support cutting edge research through to highly specialised equipment, such as our driving simulator, electron beam lithography system and national robotics capability. Read more

News

Swallows and Amazons author plagued with doubts, archive letters reveal

Arts & Culture
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First ever satellite track of endangered Caspian seals

Science
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University welcomes Chinese Ambassador on his first visit to Leeds

Arts & Culture, Science
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‘Pain paradox’ discovery provides route to new drugs

Science
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Rare Chinese texts unearthed as part of global theatre collaboration

Arts & Culture
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Jamie Oliver’s cooking courses and improving eating habits

Health
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Red hair gene variation drives up skin cancer mutations

Health
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Spotlight

Self-driving cars

You step into the driving seat of your car then shut the door. Turning on the engine, you gather your notes for the meeting ahead - a 45-minute drive away. You make a call back to the office, asking for the minutes from last month’s management conference to be emailed over. You sit back and relax, whilst scanning through the notes. “You have arrived at your destination,” announces the on-board computer. You are using a self-driving car. This could be you, much sooner than you think. Read More

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