Research in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS)

 Scientists using microscopes in a lab

We have a vibrant research culture organised primarily through our research centres and institutes.

Research institutes

Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology

The Institute works with industry and researchers to foster partnerships and develop novel bio-sensing technology.

Research centres

Centre for Appearance Research

A centre of excellence for research in appearance, disfigurement, body image, and related studies.

Centre for Health and Clinical Research

The centre helps improve the quality of healthcare, evaluate service provision and inform public health policy.

Centre for Research in Biosciences

Incorporates world-class research in the fields of biomedicine, plant science, bio-sensing technology and environmental science.

Science Communication Unit

A cross-faculty unit that engages the public with science and trains would-be science communicators.

Research groups

Psychological Sciences Research Group

Conducts applied research that has a positive influence on people and places; at home, in the workplace, and in the wider social environment. 

Social Science Research Group

A multidisciplinary, applied research group that is dedicated to facilitate a better understanding of the complex social world that we live in.

Public Health and Wellbeing Research and Knowledge Exchange Group

This group brings together experts from many backgrounds including:

  • mental health sciences
  • children and young people
  • emergency and critical care
  • public health and well-being
  • health, ethics and society
  • evaluative research.

Public engagement

Social Science in the City

A free public engagement event which addresses important questions relating to how we might live and work in today’s society.

Research links

Bristol Health Partners

A dynamic collaboration between four NHS Trusts, the city's two universities and its local authority.

Journal of Psycho-Social Studies

An established international e-journal, edited by Elizabeth Frost. Discover scholarly articles, new ideas and book reviews in the field of Psycho-Social Studies.

Research ethics and governance

We have a Faculty Research Ethics Committee that is committed to promoting high ethical standards in the conduct of research undertaken by our staff and students.

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