Our member universities have long pursued research rated as excellent. Our members also provide a vital source of well-trained postgraduate students with highly relevant research skills for industry and the third sector. Examples of research at our member universities include:

Excellent Science


Oxford Expression Technologies: Improving the development of vaccines at Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Expression Technologies (OET) is a spin out company launched jointly by Oxford Brookes University and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to develop new technologies to enable companies and institutions to advance their drug discovery and vaccine development programmes.

Vision and Eye Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin Univeristy.

Research at VERU has benefited both the low vision community and health/social services planners by highlighting the factors that affect independence, safety and wellbeing. New strategies  to help the visually impaired are being developed in collaboration with the NHS and local charity Cam Sight.

Imaging Technology in the Fight Against Cancer at University of Lincoln

An internationally renowned expert in image engineering based at the University of Lincoln has developed new medical imaging technology that could revolutionise cancer treatment.

ADSIP – Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing Research Centre at the University of Central Lancashire

Since 2002, ADSIP has worked with over 120 companies and universities across 20 countries in research projects funded by EU government bodies, national research councils and industry, with a total value in excess of £70M. ADSIP research has made sigificant contributions to the fields of:  Aerospace/submarine non-destructive testing and evaluation; Interactive and immersive digital environment; Medical data analysis and Space.

RISE – international centre for Research into Innovation, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship at the University of Sunderland

Competitive Industries

EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology with the University of Huddersfield

 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, University of Huddersfield

The Centre with its state of the art facilities provides a unique environment and facilitates partnerships between businesses and with the University.

Tackling Societal Challenges


cityscapeSTAR Database at Staffordshire University.

STAR (Skills Training and Re-skilling for Carers of People with Dementia) has been sponsored by the European Commission Lifelong Learning Leonardo programme.



PHENOTYPE EU funded project at Staffordshire University

The Positive Health Effects of the Natural Outdoor Environment in Typical Populations in Different Regions in Europe (PHENOTYPE) project is a four-year, 3.5 million European collaborative project funded by the European Commission’s Framework 7 programme. Staffordshire University is one of eight partners who will be investigating mechanisms underlying the positive relationship between natural environments and health.

WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments at the University of the West of England

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments promotes healthy and sustainable settlements through research, teaching, consultancy, knowledge exchange and publications. We work closely with municipalities, planning consultancies and health authorities in the UK, as well as with the wider WHO European Healthy Cities network.

EcoHouse at Oxford Brookes University

Rajat Gupta, Professor of Architecture and Climate Change at Oxford Brookes, is in charge of a two-year project to monitor the performance of this refurbished house which uses 85% less gas and electricity when compared to conventional homes.

Dyscovery Centre at the University of South Wales

A trans disciplinary centre for children and adults with specific learning difficulties

KASPAR robot developed to support children with autism at the University of Hertfordshire

KASPAR –  Kinesics and Synchronisation in Personal Assistant Robotics. is a minimally-expressive, therapeutic robot – the result of years of extensive research set in motion by Dr Kerstin Dautenhahn, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and the Adaptive Systems Group at the University’s School of Computer Science.


Creative Arts

Orange Light Spiral

Painting Performance Research at the Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Currently  exploring the historical, theoretical and practical relationships between painting and performance art.

Argentium Project at Middlesex University

Research on a novel Suilver alloy has allowed Middlesex University reserachers to establish a spin out company “Argentium Silver