The research undertaken within the School is diverse and contributes to disciplinary, inter-disciplinary, multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary projects and outcomes both nationally and internationally. Individual academics and research groups within the School are internationally recognised in their respective fields. While some research activities are laboratory-based, using equipment and infrastructure to conduct experiments, others apply methods from the social sciences and humanities.
The School returned staff to 6 Units of Assessment in REF2014 (Anthropology and Development Studies; Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences; Education; Art and Design; Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials; Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts).
The range of subject expertise within the School is broad and reflects the broad curriculum that our academic research underpins (in engineering, design, environment, technology management, and systems thinking). A strength from this diverse expertise is the ability to gain funding from a wide range of sources (GCRF, Innovate UK, Royal Society, NERC, EPSRC, ESRC, ERC, AHRC amongst others).
The School cultivates a collegiate research environment, where research collaborations across group boundaries are not uncommon and are encouraged. Indeed, much external bidding is dependent on self-organised initiatives to re-configure research expertise from within and outside the School appropriately. This ability to adapt also shows in the cross-disciplinary research ideas and supervision collaborations for doctoral studentships.
Our research expertise also contributes to a variety of knowledge exchange, outreach and international development projects with national and international partners from most sectors of the economy.
Within the School staff variously contribute to the areas of research activity listed here, some of which involve staff from other schools and faculties.