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Research culture

Our research culture is one of active and forward-thinking collaboration and contribution to scientific research, economy, and society.

Research collaborations

We recognise our responsibility to promote collaboration across all the scientific disciplines. We also recognise the importance of collaborations, networks, and partnerships. We have co-authoered over 1,000 publications with external collaborators from national and international institutions, facilities, and industry.

We collaborate widely within the School and likewise benefit from a wide range of interactions across otherthe University's Academic Schools, including Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biosciences, DentistryPhysics and Astronomy, Medicine, Mathematics and Engineering.

Building on this, we work with other leading UK and international universities, and our strong links with UK and international businesses are wide reaching and deliver global impact.

The University's network of research institutes act as a focal point for interdisciplinary research in our key areas of strength. For example, our Water Research Institute brings together biology, ecology, engineering, social science, and external stakeholders (Welsh Water), with chemistry-led projects on water treatment.

Our culture can also be seen in the UK Catalysis Hub, involving several members of the School with 45 partner institutions, creating collaborative projects with several universities and industrial partners. We remain a key player in this venture.

Society and politics

Beyond academic and commercial arenas, more far-reaching connections are made with key audiences in societal and political settings through our participation at political institutions (such as Science and the Assembly).

Members of the School have also participated in the policy development meetings of key organisations such as the EU, across a broad range of scientific fields, including the circular economy and CO2 conversion.

Our School ensures we contribute to Welsh, UK and European governmental policy where opportunities arise to do so.

Awards and recognition

The research achievements of our School have been recognized through numerous awards, prizes, honours, distinctions, and esteem indicators, including appointments to leadership roles in the research community (nationally and internationally), learned societies and professional bodies.

These awards have been conferred on staff across the spectrum of career stage, spanning:

  • eections to international/national academies and learned societies
  • prizes, awards, and distinctions
  • visiting professorship appointments at foreign universities
  • appointments on international advisory boards and committees
  • leadership roles in learned societies, professional bodies, government committees and research councils
  • chairs of conferences
  • editorial roles
  • royal appointments.