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University of Liverpool: Research Excellence

University of Liverpool

Research excellence

As one of the founding members of the prestigious Russell Group of research-led UK Universities, the University of Liverpool is a research focused and research intensive institution. Associated with 9 Nobel Prize winners, we are a global university with strategic collaborations and pioneering partnerships with research institutes, universities, governments and organisations across the world. These partnerships create a platform for research and teaching that brings together some of the greatest minds in the world to tackle some of the toughest challenges affecting our planet and society, to help improve lives worldwide.

At Liverpool, we offer our postgraduate researchers the opportunity to work with internationally recognised and renowned experts and research groups. Increasingly our research activity involves innovative and pioneering collaboration across subject specialisms as well as our collaborations with external national and international partner institutions. Our external partners provide us with an increased range of facilities and resources and ensure our postgraduate researchers are involved in cutting-edge developments in their fields.

Our research power has been ranked 20th in the UK’s most recent 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Seven subjects are ranked in the Top 10 for 3* and 4* research excellence: Chemistry (2nd), Computer Science (1st) General Engineering (5th), Archaeology (5th), Agriculture, Veterinary & Food Science (8th), Architecture (9th), and English (10th).

81% of the University’s research is ranked in the highest categories of 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent). 90% of the University’s research impact is considered ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ and makes an enormous contribution to society.

To find out more about postgraduate research at the University of Liverpool, please visit:

Liverpool Doctoral College

Led by the Liverpool Doctoral College (LDC), postgraduate researchers are involved in cutting-edge developments in their fields and benefit from transformational training and development tailored to their needs. We offer unlimited potential for postgraduate researchers at all stages of their career and in many areas and disciplines, to become part of an institution that is renowned for maintaining the very best pioneering research. We attract exceptional students from across the world, who are keen to become active members of our thriving and vibrant LDC research community and study at the heart of world-leading research.

The University of Liverpool is recognised by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as having one of England’s highest success rates in supervising students through to their doctoral award.

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University of Liverpool: Research Excellence

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University of Liverpool

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The Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences is one of the top six departments accorded 1- M mainstream status by the University Grants Committee in the 1988 major review of Earth Sciences in British Universities, which means "... departments providing teaching and research in mainstream Earth Sciences, including substantial single honours courses and acting as major equipment centres ", thus attracting more staff and more funds for both research and teaching.

In the 2001 & 1996 Research Assessment Exercises conducted by the University Funding Council, the Department was awarded a Grade-5 rating which means "Research quality that equates to attainable levels of international excellence in some sub-areas of activity and to attainable levels of national excellence in virtually all others" .

In the 1994 Assessment of Quality of Education conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, we were awarded the highest grade "Excellent" which means "Education of a generally very high quality" . It has been ranked among the top 6 UK Geology Departments in The Times 2004 "The Good University Guide"

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The School of Veterinary Science at Liverpool University is strongly committed to research, and was rated 5 for research excellence in the last research assessment exercise.

The Faculty organises its research by groupings in a number of themes which cross department and faculty boundaries and introduce a broad perspective to research. This fosters a vibrant and productive research environment where individuals can draw on the expertise of colleagues from a variety of fields. The themes are:
• Epidemiology
• Infection Biology
• Animal Molecular Physiology
• Musculoskeletal Systems
• Mammalian Behaviour and Evolution.

In addition to these broad thematic areas individual research groups provide a focus for more specific interest. In 2007, these groups are:
• Epidemiology
• Infectious Diseases
• Parasitology
• Reproduction and Production
• Gastroenterology
• Proteomics and Functional Genomics
• Neurobiology
• Connective Tissue
• Mammalian Behaviour and Evolution.

The Schoolmaintains strong links with other schools and Faculties within the University, including the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and School of Biological Sciences, as well as other national and international institutions.

Support for the School’s research is obtained from a variety of sources, including research councils, DEFRA, animal charities and the pharmaceutical and other industries.

The School is committed to the advancement of learning.

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The Institute of Integrative Biology lies at the heart of a thriving biomedical science campus in Liverpool. Based primarily in the Biosciences Building with additional sites at Leahurst and Ness Gardens, we provide one of the most vibrant and integrated biosciences environments in the UK. The Institute comprises 220 staff (including 75 Principal Investigators) and 150 postgraduate students. With a research income of ~£9.5m annually, our scientists deliver ground-breaking research within four key research themes.

We have established world-class research facilities that support scientists across all four research themes. The facilities include the Centre for Genomic Research, the GeneMill Synthetic Biology Laboratory, the Centre for Proteome Research, the Centre for Computational Biology and Modelling, the Centre for Cell Imaging, NMR Centre for Structural Biology, the Barkla X-laboratory of Biophysics and the Henry Wellcome Laboratory of Mammalian Behaviour and Evolution.

Through our research partnerships with companies such as Unilever and AstraZeneca, strong global links into major research enterprises in Japan, Brazil, USA and China and our scientific outreach, we are having true impact across the world. Our staff deliver on research and provide research-led undergraduate teaching. Our postgraduate students enjoy a first class experience with strong supervision and mentorship in an exciting research environment. Our Athena Swan Silver Award is evidence of our full commitment to providing opportunities for development to all our staff, regardless of background or gender. We hope to welcome you as a member of staff, a student or a partner in our vision for biology with impact, from genes to ecosystems.

Students are offered a comprehensive programme of training and support by Liverpool Doctoral College as well as the Institute, and also project specific training. Applications are invited for studentships funded by BBSRC, NERC, MRC and others. We also welcome self-funded students.

Full details of available projects are on the Institute’s Home Page ( Applications are by email, indicating the project(s) of interest (and supervisors) in priority order, giving the reasons for this, together with a c.v. including the names and contact details (e-mail) of two academic referees. This should be sent to: Mrs. Bernie King, Institute of Integrative Biology, Bioscience Building, Crown Street, Liverpool L69 7ZB (email: Please indicate where you first saw this project advertised.

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At Liverpool we are passionate about quality in both our teaching and research, and this is reflected in our 'vision',

"To be an acknowledged centre for international-level research in a range of 21st century engineering disciplines and an innovative higher education centre whose programmes attract students from all over the world."

The School of Engineering is highly active in research, many of its activities earning the highest 5 and 5* grades in the recent 2001 research assessment exercise (RAE). The School offers a comprehensive selection of programmes in a wide range of engineering subjects including Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Civil Engineering, Materials Science, Engineering, Engineering Product Design and Engineering Applications of Lasers.

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