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Our approach to research

Our approach to research is collaborative, inclusive and global.

Our global network is building a world that's fair

Our global network is building a world that's fairer, healthier and more sustainable.

We create new knowledge that our academics and students put into action through innovative research projects and industry partnerships in London, the UK and around the world.

Research is a priority for our future at . We have a distinctive research and knowledge exchange culture, with diverse young research talent who take a collaborative approach.

The impact of our work is nationally and internationally recognised for transforming practice beyond our community, from nanotechnology in cancer treatment to blockchain in the music industry to performance analysis to help elite athletes in competition.

Our research
Our three themes

Our three themes

Health and wellbeing

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We work as a global community towards our vision of a healthy life for everyone, across all of society. Our research includes suicide prevention, with partners including Samaritans and the rail industry, which has reduced the number of deaths by suicide and led to changes in practice.

Creativity, culture and enterprise

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We are proud to educate and support entrepreneurs and creative talents to make their contribution to an equitable future. Take artist and academic Keith Piper, from the School of Arts, who is researching issues of race and the legacies of empire to create a response to a controversial Tate Britain mural.

Sustainable development

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We support sustainable global communities by influencing economic, social and environmental policy and practice. The work of the Flood Hazard Research Centre helps at risk communities across the UK to avoid flood risk damage and its social and economic impact, giving support to homeowners.

Excellence at

Excellence at


Teaching excellence

Silver Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023 Award for very high-quality student experience and student outcomes


Business and entrepreneurship

Top 20 UK university for business leaders in Novuna Business Cash Flow study 2023


Research excellence

Our Business and Management research is number 1 in the UK for world leading societal impact in Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021


Industry and professional links

We collaborate with +1000 industry and employer partners on education and research


Impact on global challenges

Top 400 global university advancing United Nations’ Sustainable Developments Goals in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023