Research in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences

Illustration of a human brain illuminated by lightThe Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS) has a well-established and continuously evolving research environment that makes a difference to society, as well as ensuring that research enriches our students' learning. Research is undertaken within our Research Centres and Groups.

HAS performed very well in the last Government Research and Excellence Framework (REF 2014), and around 65% of our research overall was considered to be of world-leading or internationally excellent quality.

We returned our research to nine different Units of Assessment, five of which we led:

  • UoA 3 (Allied Health Professions and Nursing)
  • UoA 6 (Agriculture, Food and Veterinary Science)
  • UoA 21 (Politics and International studies)
  • UoA 22 (Social Work and Social Policy)
  • UoA 32 (Philosophy).

We are especially proud of the scores that HAS achieved for impact in UoAs 3 and 6, where 93% and 90% of the impact in these units was considered to be ‘outstanding’ or ‘considerable’.

Research funders

Our research is funded by a wide range of organisations including Research Councils (BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC and NERC), National Institute for Health Research, the European Union, charities, public sector, private business, and voluntary organisations.

Wide-ranging impact

Within HAS we take pride in research that extends much more broadly than the REF. View examples of how our research has made an impact in society.

Linking research to learning and teaching

Students on taught programmes have the opportunity to undertake research within our Research Centres and Groups. We also have a long track record of training PhD and ProfDoc students, as well as providing an excellent environment for those wishing to spend additional years enhancing their research skills as postdoctoral researchers.

Leading through research

A number of research students and postdoctoral researchers have eventually progressed to lecturing positions in the Faculty. Many have obtained excellent positions in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Some of our academic staff have experienced successful careers in practice before embarking on lecturing careers. We have opportunities for a small number of staff to undertake a doctorate on a part-time basis in the Faculty, with a view to them establishing a productive research career at UWE Bristol.

Research in the Faculty spans our four academic departments:

Find out more

If you have any questions, please get in touch with one of the staff members listed across the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS) research.

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