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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Leeds is home to the largest interdisciplinary water research centre of its kind in the world.
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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


Championing medtech in the Leeds City Region

Technology, Health
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National research centre to make infrastructure more efficient

Technology, Working with Business
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New insight into our climate future

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Tackling drug-resistant infections

Technology, Science
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Assessing attitudes to lifestyle data and health research

Health, Society & Politics
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Professor elected to Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship

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UK cities overpaying for energy

Environment, Business & Economy
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The concrete set

The University of Leeds is known for its concrete architecture and our experts are studying the material from the very bottom up to pave the way for a stronger, more sustainable future. Read More

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Concrete buildings on campus