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Research excellence is at the heart of our work. Over the last fifty years
we have established a global reputation for the high quality of our research
for which we are ranked ninth in the UK (Research Assessment Exercise 2008).
Work with us
We're undertaking cutting edge research in countless areas across our three academic
Faculties of Social Sciences, Science and
Health and Humanities. You can search our
Directory of Experts to see our range of expertise.
Here are just a few current highlights:
The UK's population is ageing. More of us are living into old age and rising
numbers of people with chronic illness are placing pressure on our economy and
health and social care systems. Ageing and assisted living is a complex area and
our researchers from a wide range of disciplines are working to meet the demand
for solutions to support independent living and enhance quality of life.
Our Ageing and Assisted Living Network brings together
researchers with expertise in biology, psychology, social and health science,
computing and engineering to carry out research from the cellular level through
to the population level and into practice.
Claire Lewis of Visteon Engineering Services on automotive technologies and
working with us on the Robochair project.
Researchers at our University were at forefront of data science long before
terms like big data became the industry buzz words they are today. We are home
to Understanding Society
at the internationally-acclaimed Institute
for Social and Economic Research, the world's largest and most ambitious
longitudinal survey finding out how people really live in Britain. Our
UK Data Archive is the UK's largest
collection of digital research data in the social sciences and humanities and
the UK Data Service delivers data to
support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social
and economic data.
Our experts are pioneering new ways to use and interpret data that have real
impact on businesses. For example, our mathematicians have joined forces with
the Port of Felixstowe to develop new ways of
improving the complex process of handling millions of containers every year
and we have recently confirmed our place at the forefront of the UK's big data
network with the announcement of a new Data
Research Centre for Smart Analytics.
Digital humanities combines the humanities disciplines such as history, literature,
art history and linguistics with tools provided by computing such as data visualisation,
information retrieval, data and text mining and digital publishing. These combined
techniques have important impacts for culture, heritage, archives and digital culture.
Our research in the field of digital humanities encompasses many topics, including:
- curating important online collections such as the
ESCALA collection of Latin American Art
- text and data mining large cultural data sets such as the
Bridgman Art Library's digital collection.
- our Department of Literature, Film & Theatre Studies created a methodology for
digitally cataloguing film director Sally Potter's archive on a Knowledge
Transfer Partnership with Adventure Pictures.
- our Department of History's Integrated Census
Microdata project with findmypast.co.uk
has used digital coding and classification schemes for data cleansing and tagging to
produce the first standardised, integrated dataset of UK censuses from 1851-1911.
New applications currently being researched include wearable augmented reality devices for the
heritage sector, and linguistic digital analysis for language acquisition.