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Research and Impact

Our academics conduct boundary-breaking research which improves lives across the world. We, as a department, aim to develop a vibrant research community, environment, and culture for our team. In 2021 we created eight Research Nodes alongside our Research Challenges, enhancing the flow of communication and collegiality. We are aiming to grow, and are looking to recruit and welcome global talent: join our diverse team or collaborate with us.
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Research Vision and Strategy

Download our detailed Engineering Research Strategy December 2022 here.

The overall vision of research excellence in interdisciplinary themes, as captured by the Research Challenges and Research Nodes will continue to act as the fundamental ethos in the Department.

  • The 3 Research Challenges enable the Department to align our research activity with the key global challenges represented in both the UK Industrial Strategy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals agenda.
  • The 8 Research Nodes cut across the Challenges and place staff in groups based on technical expertise and interests. They are how we organise ourselves day-to-day.

In addition, collaboration with colleagues across the wider university and the Research Institutes, is a key facilitator for our research, as well as collaboration with leading academic and industrialists in the UK and worldwide. The overall research strategy in the Department of Engineering includes a desire to diversify the research funding sources by increasing the industrial engagement with our research activity. The Department strategy aligns with the overall University strategy of Quality rather than Quantity, reflecting the world class research across the breadth of the institution.



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Department of Engineering

Durham University

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Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 1700