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Research at Northumbria

A university with research power

Northumbria is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic quality. We conduct ground-breaking research that is responsive to the science & technology, health & well being, economic & social and arts & cultural needs of the communities...

We have an impressive track record of collaborating with like-minded international research, education and business partners. We conduct ground-breaking research and have an international reputation for creating successful, multidisciplinary research projects that make an impact nationally and internationally.

If you want to be part of a university that is internationally recognised for creating successful, multidisciplinary partnerships that deliver impactful world-class research, Northumbria University is the right choice for you.

Our track record and REF performance mean that we are in a stronger position than ever to lead the debate and respond to today’s challenges. If you want to work with us to shape tomorrow’s solutions, here are some of the fundamental questions that we will be addressing in our research:


How do we fight disease in a world where bacteria resists antibiotics?

Digital Living

How can digital technology make cities more liveable?

Extreme Environments

How would we survive in a world without ice?

Future Engineering

What technology will be heating your home and driving your car in 20 years?


Who am I and how do I relate to you?

Integrated Health

How do we support people with long term health conditions?

Environmental and Global Justice

What comes first: people or planet?

Critically Aware Design Innovation

How can we innovate in design to envision and explore possible futures?


An international, interdisciplinary research and innovation EU Horizon 2020 project

Centre for Crime and Policing

World-leading research on 21st century crime and policing

Energy Futures

How can we achieve a clean and sustainable energy future?

REF 2014 Research Groups

Northumbria University, Newcastle is now in the UK top 50 for research power and has been recognised by Times Higher Education as having the biggest rise in research power of any university in a national assessment of research quality in UK universities.

The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) demonstrate that Northumbria University, Newcastle, made a major step forward in research. The University reported the UK’s largest rise in research rated as world-leading and internationally excellent by the REF, almost tripling its share of research rated in these categories.

The links below will take you to more information on the research areas we submitted to REF 2014. If you’d like to know more about the research we are currently actively engaged with, please click here

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Northumbria Research Link

Northumbria Research Link (NRL) is an open access repository of Northumbria University's research output.

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Research Staff Profiles

Our students learn from the best – inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject, whose teaching is shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

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