The School of Chemistry is a vibrant and dynamic department, with a tradition of educational and research achievements stretching back over a hundred years. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, all of our research outputs were internationally recognised, with over 60% being classed as internationally excellent or world-leading. After significant levels of investment, the School is now one of the best-equipped in the UK for carrying out research in the Chemical Sciences. Over the last five years, the University has invested more than £4 million in research and teaching infrastructure, and the creation of 15 new staff posts. More recently, research infrastructure has been further strengthened with significant funding from Advantage West Midlands, the regional development agency, and the European Regional Development Fund. In 2008, the School was awarded a further £6 million to create the Doctoral Training Centre for Physical Sciences of Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences (PSIBS). Taken together, the School is now well equipped to address the scientific problems of the 21st Century.