Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies

The Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies is an interdisciplinary centre of excellence. Dedicated to creating a collaborative and inspiring environment, it brings together researchers from across all disciplines to deliver ambitious, transformative, and impactful research.

This initiative is intended to help break down the silos that have traditionally been a feature of higher education research. It represents a step change in our approach, allowing academics to be even more innovative and to bid for more ambitious research funding in the future.

Research Networks

Three networks are currently supported by LIAS. Each of these will:

  • Develop innovative solutions to some of the most pressing societal and global challenges
  • Build on some of our well-established research strengths, through the development of interdisciplinary teams focusing on core challenges

Identification Network

The identification network brings together molecular, mathematical, biomedical, imaging, anthropological and legal concepts and expertise to explore advances in identification of individuals, including living people of unknown identity and origin, historical figures, casualties of conflict or the victims of violent crime or natural disaster.

Network lead: Professor Robert Hillman

Leicester Microbial Sciences and Infectious Disease Network (LeMID)

LeMID brings together researchers from all three Colleges and the NHS to facilitate multidisciplinary activities, which will lead to a step change in successful strategic funding. It will draw on research excellence from a range of departments including clinical microbiology, cardiovascular sciences, infection, immunity and inflammation, genetics, chemistry, mathematics, health sciences, social sciences, physics, engineering and business.

Network leads: Professor Marco Oggioni and Dr Julie Morrissey

Heritage Protection Research Network

This network will showcase and grow research focused on cultural heritage and its protection, particularly within communities and in fragile situations such as conflict and post-conflict environments. The network is not just about heritage; it is about a broad conception of heritage protection, and is especially interested in fragile contexts and the social situatedness of heritage.

Network lead: Professor Roey Sweet 

Tiger Teams

As well as the two-year network programmes, the IAS will support ‘Tiger Teams’ made up of interdisciplinary groups of researchers working on short-term, exciting, innovative projects.

The first of these six-month Tiger Teams are focused on:

  • Prisons
  • Cancer detection in diabetics
  • Earth system plastics
  • Harnessing digital technology in maternity care
  • Gender diversity and equality in higher education
  • Female pelvic floor health globally

Key people

Director Dr Lisa Smith
Address: Leicester Institute of Advanced Studies, 7-9 Salisbury Road, Leicester, LE1 7QR