We are proud of our research across the 4 strategic themes of Communications & Sensing, Health, Bioenergy & Sustainability, and Complex Systems Science Understanding. Our cultural emphasis on student and staff inclusion and a drive to innovate and engage with the economy was highlighted in the recent Research Assessment Exercise results.
Our primary research groups span the Engineering subject domains of Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Engineering Systems & Management, Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering & Design.
Our objectives from RAE 2001 were achieved in RAE 2008, increasing our rating from the 5C grading allocated previously, and the School has grown both in staff numbers (almost a third of our submission came from early-career researchers) and in research income. As a measure of our success, more than 40% of the research outputs were classified in the internationally excellent to world-leading categories.
In particular we were praised for the "excellent training and support for research students", the "prizes won by research students at international conferences", and our "strong engagement with industry, and commercialisation of research", along with our engagement of staff at international level with government and professional bodies.