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.

Two of the most powerful cryo-electron microscopes in the world have been installed in the University’s Astbury BioStructure Laboratory. The microscopes, which operate using a stream of electrons rather than light to display images, will allow researchers from across the University and around the world to view biological systems in unprecedented detail.

While the treatment of most types of cancer has improved over the past 20 years, the prognosis for brain cancer has barely changed. This is in part due to a lack of funding; brain cancer receives just one percent of national cancer research funding – a disproportionately small amount considering the impact of the illness. This has led to growing pressure for greater funding and new research to target this condition. But where do you start with a disease which has no known cause, develops in a matter of weeks and seems impossible to treat?

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.

Fifteen thousand gifts from alumni and other donors all around the world have taken the University's fundraising campaign beyond its £60m goal.

It must have been a strange moment for Bertram Ratcliffe when he met the king. A telegram arrived – even advising which train he should take – and he was on his way to tell stories of his First World War service to George V himself. His story was unique: he was the first British prisoner of war to escape and make it home.

Unseen footage of major cultural figures of the last 50 years is moving to Leeds. The thousands of video tapes from the 32 year run of The South Bank have been acquired from ITV by the University and feature figures from Harold Pinter to Dolly Parton. The cultural coup has been driven by the University's Chancellor Melvyn Bragg, who conceived, edited and presented the flagship arts show throughout its run. The South Bank Show was a mainstay of British living rooms on Sunday nights from 1978 until 2010 and is widely celebrated for the way it combined high art and popular culture for a mass audience.

Leeds offers state-of-the-art facilities in data analytics and will partner with researchers and organisations to help make the most of the rapidly growing fields of consumer and medical data

World-class research has led to award-winning advancements in terahertz science and technology, with potential real-world applications as diverse as satellite remote sensing, chemical analysis, medical imaging and telecommunications.

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.