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Strategic Challenge Areas

We are committed to delivering impactful research focused on those areas in which we can integrate academic rigour with the needs of governments, industry, business, the NHS and the not-for-profit sector, by providing creative solutions to industrial and global challenges and bringing economic, social and cultural benefit.

We build on our strengths to enable us to pioneer world-leading research and to accelerate and maximize our abilities to address society’s most pressing challenges, in collaboration with partners locally and from across the globe. 

Our research strengths, opportunities and impact are organised under five interdisciplinary, strategic challenge areas supported by excellent disciplinary research: