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The School of Engineering is internationally renowned for the impact of its research and was ranked first in the UK for research impact in the latest government research assessment of UK universities (REF 2014). We are committed to conducting innovative research that can be used to solve modern problems and improve the quality of life.

Our research is supported by world–class facilities that can be used to explore models, materials, systems and technologies. Partnerships with industry and public sector organisations facilitate the implementation of this research into practical and commercially viable applications.

The following case studies illustrate some of the research that is taking place at the School and the benefits it is providing for society and the economy on a local and global scale.

Oakland Bay Bridge San Francisco

Making bridges safer

Providing solutions for bridge inspection without the need for costly shutdowns.

Two houses completely flooded

Saving lives and safeguarding water

We are developing accurate and reliable models to safeguard people against global water risks.

French nuclear power plant.

Research rethinks disposal of nuclear waste

Our pioneering computer simulations are helping engineer safer ways to store nuclear waste.