Digital sculpture of a human form in a yoga position
Tithibhasana by Sumita Chauhan.
Our vibrant, interdisciplinary research spans engineering, digital arts, technology and design. Enhanced by strong external collaborations, it actively promotes transformative changes to 21st century society and industry.

World-leading research

From our biometrics research that has been incorporated into international standards, the use of our instrumentation and measurement technology to reduce power station emissions in the UK and internationally, the novel, wearable antenna research that has received mention in the House of Lords, the design of an optical fibre delivery system for reference signals in ALMA, one of the largest ever international astronomy projects, to the use of our VR for people with dementia in 20 care homes, our research is both cutting-edge, and impactful.

Our established main research groups in CommunicationsInstrumentation and Control and Mechanical Engineering provide a thriving and supportive research community, shown through consistently increasing external support and growing numbers of research students. This growth and the cross-disciplinary nature of our research, for example into industrial processes, robotics and materials and manufacture for antennas, has led to the formation of a new research area in Mechanical Engineering, supported by a £3 million investment. 

All of our research is supported by specialist laboratory facilities. 

Research excellence

Our lecturers are highly respected in their fields. Many are active researchers who contribute to contemporary debate through their work and publications.

Professor John Batchelor standing in the Anechoic Chamber

Engineering Sensors of Everyday Life

Professor John Batchelor examines the next generation of sensor technologies

REF success

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 70% of the School’s research activity was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Our research: Making a difference

Our School has a large team of experts working in areas of electronic, mechanical, digital, creative and computing technologies.

We collaborate extensively with other academic and industry-based researchers in the UK, Europe and globally, in conference organisation, national and multi-national research projects and international standardisation. 

We support the development of our researchers at all levels, fully encouraging internal and external collaborations. Through our excellent business contacts, including a number of Visiting Professors from industry, we ensure that our research can contribute to a brighter global future. 

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