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

‘Ensure support is available for COVID-19 survivors’

Healthcare systems around the world need to develop ways of supporting people in the community recovering from COVID-19, say researchers.

Scientists call the shots on new COVID-19 public awareness film

Prof Cath Noakes was the main scientific consultant to the makers of a new public information film designed to reduce spread of COVID-19.

New method of detecting illnesses including coronavirus and cystic fibrosis

A new and quicker method of diagnosing diseases, including coronavirus, has been created by researchers at the University of Leeds.

COVID-19 recovery choices shape future climate

A post-lockdown economic recovery plan that incorporates & emphasises climate-friendly choices could help in battle against global warming

COVID-19: the long road to recovery

Researchers have identified a pattern of longer-term symptoms likely to be experienced by people who were hospitalised with COVID-19.

Having a heart attack during the peak of the pandemic - how the NHS coped

The death rate for patients who experienced what is normally a lower-risk heart attack rose sharply during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic

Covid-19 advice and support schemes for businesses

Nexus has compiled the latest information and resources to guide you through the advice and support schemes available related to COVID-19.

Research that changes the world

Sea level rise matches worst-case scenario

Melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica have raised global sea level by 1.8cm since the '90s, and are matching worst-case scenarios.

New malaria transmission patterns emerge in Africa

An international study reveals how future climate change could affect malaria transmission in Africa over the next century.

Academic honoured for ‘exceptional achievements’ tackling COVID-19

Top award from the Royal Academy of Engineering for work which has had “widespread & significant impact” in tackling spread of coronavirus.

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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