Research and Innovation

Research and Innovation (R&I) consists of teams of specialist advisors dedicated to maximising the University's research income, identifying and nurturing impact and facilitating interactions with external organisations. R&I are the first point of contact for business, facilitating access to the University's expertise for Consultancy and Continuing Professional Development.

R&I works closely with colleagues in the University's Schools and has detailed knowledge of their research interests and expertise.  Dedicated resource is provided to each of our Schools.

Showcase your research

We recently published a number of research highlights on our Research Impact page, to showcase how our world-leading research makes a significant impact both locally and around the world.

If you have a research project that you would like to be drafted into a similar feature please fill in the form below and a member of the Digital Communications Team will be in touch. 


The Research Excellence Framework (REF), was first carried out in 2014, replacing the previous Research Assessment Exercise. The purpose of REF is:

  • To provide accountability for public investment in research and produce evidence of the benefits of this investment.
  • To provide benchmarking information and establish reputational yardsticks, for use within the HE sector and for public information.
  • To inform the selective allocation of funding for research. 

For each submission, three distinct elements are assessed: the quality of outputs (e.g. publications, performances, and exhibitions), their impact beyond academia, and the environment that supports research.