Our reputation

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We are among the top 100 universities in QS World University Rankings 2021

The School of Chemistry is a major UK chemistry department conducting research and teaching in chemical science, with more than 70 years of history. We have just over 700 students from over 25 countries studying with us.

The School is led by Head of School Professor Colin Fishwick, supported by Professor John Plane Director of Research and Innovation and Dr Richard Ansell 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: Chemistry

  • 3.18 overall quality profile
  • 100% of our research has either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact
  • 100% of our research environment is conducive to producing research of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality
  • 95% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • 92.8% of our research outputs are ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

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. As a result, our students will be taught by internationally renowned, inspirational academics working at the top of their fields.