Global research

Our internationally acclaimed research is helping to make a real impact in the real world.

Founded in 1838 by the celebrated Victorian engineer Sir George Cayley to promote innovation in science and the arts, today we continue our long-standing heritage of encouraging public engagement with, and public benefit of, our research and innovation activities.

Research Excellence

We are proud of our world-leading and internationally excellent research, underlined by our performance in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 assessment, the five-yearly national assessment of research quality and impact of research in UK universities.

Submitting in 13 subject areas, we achieved ratings of international recognition, excellence or world-leading leading quality for some 90% of our submitted work. The results affirm our world-leading position in Art and Design, and Media and Communications, as well as internationally excellent and world-leading performances in English, Architecture and the Built Environment, and Allied Health.

Global themes

Our research addresses truly global themes, contributing to the solution of real-world problems and enhancing and enriching economic, health, social and cultural life.

Areas where our work has had significant impact include: depression; Sickle Cell Disease awareness; management of aviation delay costs; motion sickness in the space and defense industries; internet fraud; policy and international relations in the global context; and a BAFTA-winning film which explored the impact of genocide in Indonesia.

Most recently the University was awarded a £620,000 research grant to develop a portable device to diagnose the Ebola virus.

Global partnerships

Every faculty of the University is actively involved in collaborations with both academic institutions and businesses overseas.

The International Eco-Cities Initiative, for example, is a multi-centre research network exploring contemporary urban sustainability, governance and innovation. It is co-ordinated by scholars at the University of Westminster, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore), and the Lemelson Center at Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC).

Latitudes is an innovative network providing a platform to share ideas and find design solutions to the challenge of climate change. Organised by the University of Westminster, it is open to individuals, institutions, students, academics, professionals or researchers and involves participants stretching from Malaysia to the east coast of America, and Africa to the Arctic.

EU funded projects

The University has won many prestigious research and collaboration grants from the EU under schemes including Horizon 2020, Framework Programme 7 (FP7), European Research Council, Marie Curie Actions, Erasmus+, Lifelong Learning Programme, and TEMPUS. For further information visit our EU-funded projects page.

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Research Impact

Read more about our research impact on the arts and sciences, culture, transport, health, legislation and business.

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Research Excellence Framework 2014

The very positive outcomes of the REF2014 confirm the internationally excellent quality, reach and significance of our scholarship and impact.