Our researchers are dedicated to researching some of today’s most critical issues, from viruses and disease to air quality, preserving our natural world, and ensuring social justice for all. Just as we are diverse in our makeup, we are equally diverse in our research.
Our six areas of research strength: Space, Human Health, Earth and Environment, Heritage and Culture, Social Justice, and Materials and Molecules allow our researchers to significantly improve lives and societies through the power of their research.
Beyond this latest performance in the REF 2021, Leicester’s research environment also supports:
- Top 25 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Research Power rankings.
- Top 3% performance in the Times Higher Education (THE) World Impact Rankings 2020 and first for our work on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of ‘Life on Land’.
- With over £40m secured annually, Leicester is a world-leading centre in the study of cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and diabetes.
- Since 1961 Leicester research has been launched into space, with 90 instruments launched into our atmosphere and six live space missions.
Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF21)
On 12 May 2022 Research England published the results of the REF2021 in which 157 UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) participated.
The REF is a national assessment of the quality of UK Higher Education research and determines the allocation of c.£2bn Quality-related (QR) funding that these HEIs will receive for the coming years (starting August 2022). REF2021 showcased the University’s outstanding breadth of research over a 7 year period (2014-2020).