We are a world-leading institution with world-changing people.

Excellent research requires excellent ideas. We have some of the best researchers in the world working for us, developing ideas that make a positive impact and difference to the lives of people, the economy and the planet.

Our expertise spans from artificial intelligence to aerospace engineering, from data analysis to drug discovery and from growing and developing communities to global sustainability. This diversity allows us to be joined up in our approach and interdisciplinary in our thinking, subsequently allowing us to address many local and global challenges.

But we don't do this on our own – we build strong relationships and partnerships with industry and institutions across the world. This ensures that we connect with the bigger picture and allows our research to make an even bigger positive impact on the world and the people within it.

You can find out more about our research and researchers at our Discovery Research Portal.



76% of our research is achieving 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' standards (REF 2014)


World's most influential research institution in pharmaceuticals (Clarivate Analytics 2017)


Our research ranked top in the UK for influencing innovation (Nature Index 2017)


Over 30% of our total income comes from research