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UoA 12 Engineering

The School of Engineering is a thriving, supportive and inclusive centre of scholarly excellence and impact. Our research has a positive impact on society and the economy on a local and global scale. This is reflected in our overall GPA of 3.35, with 96% of our overall submission considered world-leading or internationally excellent. This result sees us placed in the top quartile of best performing institutions in the UK.

We foster an inclusive, diverse and collaborative research community. Reflective of this, we submitted 100% of our eligible staff to this Unit of Assessment.

Our results

Quality level 4 star % 3 star % 2 star % 1 star %Unclassified %
Outputs 30.565.
Impact 62.531.

Our research environment

Our success since REF 2014 is reflected in significant cross-disciplinary and collaborative expansion, new appointments and major investments in facilities and infrastructure.

We are organised into 3 departments with associated Research Groups, and since REF 2014, 5 interdisciplinary priority research areas and 8 cross-disciplinary groups were developed allowing us to target investment more effectively and provide an environment where wide-ranging expertise is brought together to tackle important interdisciplinary research challenges. This is supported by considerable investment in major infrastructure and a focus on developing a new generation of research leaders.

While predominantly based in Queen’s Buildings, the university is providing critical new investment for engineering with £77M investment in the Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS, ENGIN and School of Physics), part of the £131M Translational Research Hub (TRH) on the University’s new £300M Innovation Campus development.  Unique offsite industrial facilities are also available for researchers: The Gas Turbine Research Centre in Neath Port Talbot and the Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory in Cardiff. Since REF 2014, £33 million has been invested from a range of sources to enhance our research laboratories and associated space, aligned to enhancing research advances in our priority areas.

We have secured 639 research awards representing £97 million, an increase of 102% compared to REF 2014. Research income spend increased to £79.6 million over the current period, with more than double the number of PhD graduates.

We have enhanced and developed our global links, including 54 projects (£10 million) funded from European funding schemes and more than 40 collaborative projects with international partners through funders. We have also strengthened business collaborations with commercial research awards totalling £14.3 million.

Discover our research

Our vibrant research environment is committed to maximising the impact of our research as we work to solve industry-identified challenges.

Maximising the benefits of the UK’s wind farms

Our research is helping to modernise energy transmission across the UK and Europe and push us towards the target of net zero carbon emissions.

Engineering researchers


Find out how our world-class research is making an impact.


Impact at the School of Engineering

Discover some of the ways our research is changing the world.