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Our Institutes, Centres & Groups

Our dynamic research community is organised into Institutes, Centres and Groups. These provide a focus for our cutting-edge research. Many of our academics are world leaders in their fields. They have a well-deserved reputation for delivering innovative, high impact projects. These range from health, education and environmental sustainability to architecture, digital industries and social sciences. At UEL, we excel at attracting funding and developing partnerships. We work with organisations in the academic, public, private and voluntary sectors to combine expertise and achieve strong outcomes.

Sustainability Research Institute (SRI)

Institute for Connected Communities (ICC)

The Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) is UEL’s centre of excellence for environmental research. We run a wide range of projects for sustainable living and development. 

Our main areas of interest are peatlands, waste materials and urban green infrastructure (UGI).

The Institute for Connected Communities (ICC) focuses on connected offline and online communities exploring contemporary issues including harms, cybercrime, safety, security, health and wellbeing. The ICC incorporates the former Institute of Health and Human Development, the Online Harms and Cybercrime Unit and the Centre of Professional Policing.

Making a difference through our research

The research we do at UEL makes a difference, and not just here in east London. We help people live better lives all over the world. From influencing policy on conflict resolution, to conserving UK peatlands and helping people with special needs live more independent lives – UEL research achieves positive social change.
UEL is one of the top new universities for research. The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) put our world-leading research at 17 per cent – nearly double the previous REF. At the same time, more than 90 per cent of our research was assessed as 'internationally recognised' and more than 60 per cent was rated 'internationally excellent'.
Our research is central in helping achieve our commitment to civic engagement. At UEL, we believe in working with communities to help create their futures. This kind of engagement means we can help shape policy and practice to bring real improvements to people's lives.


Our research is making lives better by tackling the big issues – not just here in east London, but beyond. We're helping people on our doorstep and we're helping people around the world. Current projects are looking at local issues such as antenatal health in Newham to global issues like migration.

Many of our academics are key members of influential policy working groups including government, business and the non-profit sector. We are committed to making sure people know about the impact of our research and its benefit to the public. We uphold the UK concordat for engaging the public with research.

Supporting our research community

Supporting Our Academics

The university has a comprehensive support structure for research and knowledge exchange that extends across the institution, where our research excellence roles reside alongside our pre and post award team. This team supports the development of bids for income generation, and offer a high level of professional support around constructing partnerships and navigating the increasingly complex criteria of investors and funders. Our Research excellence roles form part of a network of roles that span across the institution, supporting academics as REF unit of assessment coordinators, impact champions and annual review panel members.

E-Mail to contact our Research and Development Support (ReDS) team.

E-Mail to contact our Research Excellence team.

UEL Staff members can find out more on the Staff Intranet.

Supporting Our Students

Our modern facilities are outstanding. And with a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and training packages, we can also help you financially. It all adds up to making UEL one of the best modern universities for research work in the UK. Develop your career with us and make an impact on the world.

Based in the major regeneration area of east London and with a genuine focus on civic engagement, working at UEL will give you the chance to develop projects with a real social impact.

Our Graduate School works to make sure our researchers have an outstanding experience at UEL, and oversees our research programmes, scholarships and ethics. The Graduate School also offers advice on applying for external funding.

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