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

Child cancer patients at no greater risk of severe covid-19 infection

A study of children with cancer who tested positive for covid-19 has found they were not at an increased risk of getting a severe infection

Better ways to manage virus explored by new trials

Two new research programmes aimed at reducing the effects and transmission of covid-19 have been announced.

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

New University Librarian announced

The University is pleased to announce that Masud Khokhar has been appointed University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection.

The burning question at the heart of global waste

Up to one billion tonnes of solid waste is being openly burned worldwide each year and risks the health of “tens of millions of people”.

New treatment could spare rectal cancer patients life-altering side effects

A new treatment is safer than standard major surgery for early-stage rectal cancer, giving patients a better quality of life.

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Pro-Dean for Student EducationProfessor Simon Lightfoot

Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation - Professor Stuart Lister

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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.