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Research priority areas

Students doing research in ecology labs

Our research has been rated as world-leading in all of our submitted research areas. More than 25% of the work in all six of the university’s submissions to the REF was recognised as internationally excellent or world leading. All results are available as ‘quality profiles’ on the REF website.

Our Research Priority Areas (RPAs) build on these strengths and recognise the opportunities to contribute to contemporary challenges. They include:

Applied business research
Being human: past, present and future
Environmental dynamics and governance
Innovation, design and technology
Learning and professional contexts
Sport, exercise, health and wellbeing