Research and innovation
£96m investment in Engineering and Physical Sciences
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leeds is home to the largest interdisciplinary water research centre of its kind in the world.
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
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Understanding life in molecular detail
The ability to see the molecules that make cells and disease work is being boosted by a £17 million investment in some of the best nuclear magnetic resonance and electron microscopy facilities in the world. They will ensure that the University stays ahead in structural biology – a discipline that has its roots at the University, with the development of X-ray crystallography by Nobel Laureates William and Lawrence Bragg in Leeds in 1912-13. Read More