Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Research

Research

An outstanding environment for scholarship, discovery and impact.

World-leading research

Our research groups nurture new areas of discovery and scholarly excellence. The groups are key to our culture. We foster collegiality and hold the highest standards of research integrity as a core value.

This is essential to the realisation of 4* research and impact case studies for REF.

Talented researchers

We also believe our Postgraduate Research Students are the engine room of our research. We run have a wider range of PhD and other postgraduate research opportunities. We also run a Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme.

Research staff are supported at all career stages. We do this through an integrated programme of fellowships, training opportunities and investment.

In early 2019 the University will launch a new £30m scheme to attract up to 100 Research Fellows, this in addition to planned academic appointments. The scheme will include start-up funds, mentoring and encouragement to work with our overseas campuses and international partners.

Investing in research capacity

We continue to invest in our estate to provide the facilities required by our staff.

The £58m Urban Sciences Building is an award winning teaching, research and innovation space on Newcastle Helix. Home to the School of Computing, the building is the base for the National Green Infrastructure Facility, the Urban Observatory and the National Centre for Energy Systems Integration. The Siemens Mindsphere Laboratory is also located in the building.

The Helix site is also home to the National Innovation Centre for Data. It will be co-located with the National Innovation Centre for Ageing in a new £50m building.

In Summer 2018, a major donation from two alumni was the catalyst to begin the development of our 'One Planet' research and teaching hub. This £2m project will bring together geologists, biologists, chemists and archaeologists to address the question of how our planet can support a human population of more than 9 billion by 2050.

A £2m project is underway to create a Centre for Biosystems Science and Engineering​ that will bring together researchers from biology, computing, environmental engineering, ecology and archaeology. 

We've recently launched our second generation of High Performance Computing, and are underway with a programme of investment in our farms to create an international centre of excellence in agritech and farming systems.

The Newcastle Research and Innovation Institute in Singapore is a £1.5m investment to support postgraduate research and teaching, CPD, research, and industrial collaboration. It is a wonderful facility that is helping to increase the volume and strength of international connections.

Fully-realised research impact

Strong collaborations with industry and public sector organisations underpin our impact work.

To help share our research excellence, we maximise our use of Open Access and Open Data arrangements. A new blog and podcast series are opening up our research.

We have attracted more than £1.4m of EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account funding. Our Business Development staff ensure impact is covered in contracts and licensing deals. This assists in the easier delivery of case studies for REF.