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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Facilities

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

News

Study challenges use of off-label drug to treat osteoarthritis in hands

Health, Science
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New models give insight into the heart of the Rosette Nebula

Science
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Lightning storms less likely in a warming planet

Environment, Science
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Fake news production and social media 'trolls'

Society & Politics, Arts & Culture
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Arthritis research making strides forward

Health
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Unlocking a molecular secret behind bat longevity

Environment, Science
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A good life for all within the planet’s means

Environment, Global
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Spotlight

How could we use microbubbles to fight cancer?

You could fit ten thousand microbubbles into a single full stop. But now a team of researchers at Leeds is hoping to use these tiny bubbles as a drug delivery device to treat cancer and other serious diseases. Read More

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