School of Biosciences
Research at School of Biosciences

Our research

World-leading research delivering bioscience discoveries for a changing world


Our research addresses key real-world issues in microbial, plant, animal, food and environmental sciences. We have dynamic programmes of fundamental and multi-disciplinary research supported by national and international funders.

We apply our research, knowledge and technology to make lasting improvements to the environment, economy and society. We do this by making sure our research is relevant to our global stakeholders; from businesses, public and third sector organisations and the general public.

REF Results 2021

We have been ranked 10th in the UK for our research quality in the Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) results. We were part of a joint return with the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (UoA6 Agriculture, Food and Veterinary Science).

The School of Biosciences has seen a significant increase in the proportion of outputs assessed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ from those submitted to REF2014.

We have been ranked 3rd in the UK for research power according to analysis by Times Higher Education, which takes into account a combination of the quality of our research, its international impact, critical mass and sustainability.

85% of our research is classed as ‘world-leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent'.

Our research environment is 75% ‘world-leading’ and 25% ‘internationally excellent’.


Our research mission

  • Achieve food security and improved nutrition

  • Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being

  • Ensure sustainable production and consumption

  • Tackle the causes of climate change and mitigate their impact
Themes, groups and centres

Themes, groups and centres

Research degrees

Research ~degrees

Research fellowships

Research fellowships


Our research impact

Our research impact

Our research facilities

Our research facilities

Services for business

Working with business



Sustainable futures impact studies View all
The GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham
Our commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Read more
Screenshot of the title screen from the gamebook
Building more effective tools for environmental education Read more
Professor Shearer West, Vice-Chancellor and President
Climate change: a university determined to make a difference Read more


Science impact studies


Quantum leap

A quantum leap for brain imaging

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Long live the tomato

Long live the tomato

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Community pharmacist

How community pharmacists are protecting millions across the globe

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School of Biosciences

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Nr Loughborough
LE12 5RD, UK

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