Research and Innovation

New joint-replacement standards

Advanced methods for testing joint replacements developed by our researchers have helped to set new international standards, helping over 1M patients

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Professor John Fisher using iMBE equipment
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Global health innovation

Our researchers are pioneering an alternative way of mechanically lifting a patient’s abdomen to carry out laparoscopy, without the need for gas

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Global health rig in Surgical Technologies
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Research highlights

Our approach to research brings together multidisciplinary teams to address major international challenges and generate impact

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Surgeons in India
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Research and innovation

We have a track record of delivering high-quality research to solve real world problems with particular expertise in: engineering systems and design; thermofluids, surfaces and interfaces; medical devices and regenerative medicine.

We have strong links with the Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Robotics Leeds, the School of Medicine and the Faculty of Biological Sciences.


of our research

has either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact, latest REF

Over 110

academic and research staff

working with over 115 PhD researchers to deliver high-impact research


in our unit of assessment

Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering, latest REF

Our research

We have expertise in design systems, solid mechanics, robotics and mechatronics, dynamics and control and optimisation.

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We work to meet the needs of industry and address major societal issues in areas such as energy, transport, sustainability, nanotechnology and healthcare.

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Our research institute is underpinned by scientific and engineering excellence across our core areas of expertise; tribology, corrosion and surface engineering.

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Driven by clinical challenges, we undertake solution focused pioneering research and education in medical technology. We innovate and translate novel therapies into practical clinical applications.

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Collaborate with us

Sometimes you need specialist knowledge to help your business thrive, grow and innovate. Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for you to work with us, to access our research, expertise, training and facilities.

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We are committed to sharing our facilities and associated expertise with external academic and industrial collaborators. We offer access to specialist facilities and laboratories across a wide range of areas, from tribology to aerospace and medical engineering.

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