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.

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Spotlight on Africa

Lead found in rural drinking water supplies

Drinking water in parts of rural West Africa is being contaminated by lead-containing materials used in small community water systems.

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.

Strengthening research ties with Africa

We will be part of a new Africa-UK research collaboration to identify ways Africa can produce enough food to feed its growing population.

Coronavirus research

Benefits system needs to be made simpler and fairer

The benefits system needs to change in order to properly support claimants during and after COVID-19.

Dramatic changes to radiotherapy treatments due to COVID-19.

Dramatic changes were seen in the delivery of radiotherapy treatments during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in England.

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

Weather forecasts that predict meningitis outbreaks

Scientists are using weather forecasts to predict the location and scale of impending meningitis outbreaks in sub-Saharan Africa.

Sea level rises from melting ice massively reduced by limiting global warming

Sea level rise caused by melting ice could be halved this century if the Paris Agreement target of limiting warming to 1.5°C is met.

Royal Society Fellowship honours

Two prominent Leeds figures have been elected as Fellows of the prestigious Royal Society.

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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.