Research highlights

Our research is making a positive impact on the world.

Twelve of our research areas were classed as generating world-leading research by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. We’re passionate about research: its potential to innovate, and its power to enhance social, cultural and economic well-being at national and global levels.

Arts and humanities

Art empowers. It heals. It explains, entertains and liberates. We're exploring how creative practice – whether that's literature, film-making, gaming, music therapy or more – can transform lives.

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Research changes lives. With innovation and fresh thinking in the areas of ageing, vision, wellbeing and medical technology, we're helping to revolutionise approaches to healthcare.

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Science and engineering

We want a future that works for everyone. Our research into sustainability, future cities, and crime and policing is helping to achieve that vision.

Glimpse the future with science research

Social sciences

Our world moves forward with dizzying speed. We embrace this. But can we be sure no-one is left behind? Our research supports entrepreneurship and innovation – while tackling marginalisation and social isolation.

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Spotlight on...

Brains in sync

Exploring the science behind music therapy

Inside story

Storytelling as a force for social good

Brains in sync and Inside story are just two of the important research projects being undertaken at ARU. Our annual publication, Research Highlights, showcases many more. Read it online:

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We can help you innovate and prove your concept. Get in touch to find out how.