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

Can wearable technology help care homes save lives?

Wearable digital devices are to be trialled in care homes to see whether they can help reduce covid-19 infections and prevent deaths.

New transport guidance for a climate smart COVID-19 recovery

Local Government Association launches new advice developed by the University on actions local authorities can take to decarbonise transport

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.

Spotlight on medical technologies

Centre for Responsive HealthTech Innovation

Enabling scientific discoveries to be translated into real-life healthcare solutions quickly and effectively.

Research that changes the world

New materials will help UK achieve net-zero, say researchers

Scientists have pledged to develop a new generation of ultra-efficient electronics to help the UK achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Global food production poses an increasing climate threat

Rising nitrous oxide emissions are jeopardizing climate goals and the Paris Accord, according to a new international study.

Pioneering Leeds researchers accepted into leading programme

Two researchers have been accepted into a prestigious scheme to further their work in climate change and searching for habitable worlds.

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Interim Executive Dean - Professor Alastair Mullis

Pro-Dean for Student EducationProfessor Simon Lightfoot

Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation - Professor Stuart Lister

Pro-Dean for International - Professor Norma Martin-Clement


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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