Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology

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Research and impact

Research Evaluation Framework 2014 (REF2014) results: excellence in research, environment and impact

  • Overall for the University, the grade point average (GPA) is 3.17. Based on these results, the University is placed 12th in the research quality ranking of UK universities, excluding specialist institutions
  • We ranked sixth overall in the REF2014 assessment of the Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy. We ranked in the top three of universities with a School of Pharmacy
  • 91% of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent

More information on REF 2014.

The Department has a long-standing and internationally recognized reputation for high quality translational research with an overall aim of improved healthcare outcomes. Our research spans fundamental drug discovery science, target identification through to health care delivery and lifelong health.  

We are underpinned by world-class facilities for fundamental discovery research through to translational studies. These include state of the art analysis equipment within the Microscopy and Analysis Suite and Chemical Characterisation and Analysis Facility. Recent BBSRC grant success has established an innovative “Advanced Analysis and Imaging Facility under Hypoxic Conditions”.

The impact of our research on society is demonstrated by 73% of our impact ranked world leading (4*) in the recent REF2014 assessment. Researchers within the department work closely with national and international partners from across academia an industry, creating impact through world-class science.

We impact across healthcare from the identification of new therapeutic targets to inform drug design, discovery of new drugs, better design of medicines, novel biomarker identification for the improved early detection of disease and ultimately the effectiveness and safety of Health Services provided to patients.

Grand Challenges

Our Grand Challenges bring together our world class expertise across the department to address important global health challenges.

We have identified three key priority areas:

Research themes

Our research is grouped into three themes:

PhD projects

Current PhD projects.

Research Centres and Networks

Our staff are involved in a number of multidisciplinary Research Centres and Networks: