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Global research

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 90% of our research was found to be world-leading or globally excellent making us a top 20 university in the UK for the overall quality of our research. Our collaborative research with academic partners across the world makes a real difference.

From our Global Challenges Research Fund project exploring the resilience of groundwater supply systems in Nigeria to our pioneering model of nuclear waste disposal, backed by the European Commission, we take our global responsibilities seriously.

We attract the highest calibre of academics and researchers from around the world, enhancing the learning experience for students and bringing a global perspective to our research.

Case studies

Water well Africa

Safe and reliable water access

Understanding how water choice influences community resilience.

French nuclear power plant.

Research rethinks disposal of nuclear waste

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

Whizz kids Lola's story

Improving HIV/AIDS education and support through comics writing

Workshops in comics drawing at the Whizzkids United academy in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa helped teenagers to express their feelings.

Manufacturing equipment sprayed with water


Using game techniques to improve energy efficiency in European industry.


Conserving endangered species

Our data driven conservation strategies are saving the lives of orangutans, elephants and pandas.

Two houses completely flooded

Saving lives and safeguarding water

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