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Research Transformed

Research and innovation at the University of Leeds is outstanding, and something that we are rightly proud of.

But the research landscape is constantly evolving. Externally, there is increasing policy and political focus on solutions-orientated research, which is re-shaping the funding landscape alongside the political fallout of changes to overseas development assistance (ODA) funding, Brexit etc.  

On top of that, the shock waves from the Covid-19 pandemic have widened inequalities and created social and economic challenges that will take years to address. 

Our new University strategy places a premium on identifying our research strengths and then collaborating across disciplines to push the boundaries of knowledge. 

Research Transformed is a chance for our University community to put our research onto a secure, strategically aligned footing that will enable us to thrive into the future. 

Research Transformed brings together five workstreams that are already underway: 

  1. Academic development and performance
  2. Horizon scanning
  3. Research culture
  4. Research efficiency and sustainability 
  5. Metric analysis 

You can find out more about these workstreams by watching the recording of our Research Transformed events or reading the Inside Track | Research Transformed – key things to know

Find out more about Research Transformed

We’ll be sharing more information about the five Research Transformed workstreams, the Horizons Institute and the Futures Institutes soon. You can also email your comments, ideas or questions to


Inside Track | Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 results

Finding time to pause and celebrate achievement is crucial. Stepping back, we can see the bigger picture, look afresh at the fruits of our hard work and recognise how far we have come.

University of Leeds research delivers real world impact 

Results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 identified that more than 90% of University of Leeds research has an overall quality rating of “world leading” or “internationally excellent”.

Inside Track | Celebrating our research culture, community and impact

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, Professor Nick Plant, opens the call for two exciting new award schemes and shares progress on research culture and impact, as part of our strategy.

Book your place | Introducing the Horizons Institute

Join our next Leeds Conversations event as we introduce the new Horizons Institute.

Inside Track | Introducing the Horizons Institute

In this Inside Track feature, Professor Stuart Taberner shares his vision for the Horizons Institute – our dynamic new cross-campus research incubator for innovative interdisciplinary research.

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