Our reputation

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Top 100 university for Chemical Engineering, QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

The School of Chemical and Process Engineering is globally renowned for its teaching and research with an established reputation across the entire spectrum of chemical, energy, petroleum, nuclear engineering and aviation technology.

We take a multi-disciplinary and modern approach to chemical engineering research and innovation, integrating world-leading analytical infrastructure and state-of-the-art physical science. The breadth of our capabilities allows us to take a true ‘atoms-to-products’ approach to process engineering and design, with impact across virtually all industrial sectors.

The quality of our research, and the funding it attracts, means we’re able to invest in world-class facilities and academic staff who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research, which means you will be taught by internationally renowned, inspirational academics working at the top of their fields.

We have just over 900 students from over 50 countries studying with us.

The School is led by Professor Elaine Martin, Head of School, supported by Professor Rik Drummond-Brydson, Director of Research and Innovation, and Dr Nicole Hondow, Director of Student Education.

Our achievements

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Every six years, the UK’s four higher education funding bodies undertake an exercise to measure the quality of research undertaken by UK higher education institutions (HEIs). The funding bodies use the outcomes to inform the allocation of their research funding to HEIs. The Research Excellence Framework was the framework used in 2014.

Unit of assessment: General Engineering

  • 2.97 overall quality profile
  • 100% of our research environment is conducive to producing research of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality
  • 83% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • 83% of our research outputs are ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

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