Our world-leading research Our world-leading research

We are one of the UK’s top academic producers of health sciences research.  The quality of our research is demonstrated by the UK 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF): 91% of our research achieved or exceeded the classification of “internationally excellent” and over 33% was classified as “world leading”.  Our research excellence placed us 4th in our REF unit of assessment for the percentage of outputs that were “world leading”.

Our research aims to understand the determinants of health and well-being, to understand patterns of health service use, and to develop and evaluate interventions to optimise health and well-being. Research activity centres around three principal domains, each with constituent research areas:


1.     Health behaviours, prevention and rehabilitation

a.     Communication and cognition

b.     Musculoskeletal rehabilitation

c.     Understanding and changing behaviour

d.     Workforce well-being


2.     Neural plasticity, ageing and health

a.     Acquired brain injury recovery

b.     Dementia and frailty

c.     Sleep and brain health


3.     Service innovation

a.     Care in later life

b.     Diagnostic testing

c.     Inclusion (equity in health and social well-being)

d.     Supportive, palliative and end-of-life care


The relevance of our research is also enhanced by working in partnership with the UEA Health and Social Care Partners, service users and the public to co-produce interventions for target populations. This covers the spectrum from prevention of ill-health to palliative and supportive interventions, including smoking cessation, physical activity promotion, hospital- and community-based rehabilitation, and support for carers.


Within the Norwich Research Park, we have access to facilities, services and support to ensure research is designed and conducted to the highest international standards. 


Our strategic priorities and action plan 2019-24

We are focused on building on the strengths of our established research programmes and enabling our emerging programmes to be competitive at an international level. We are focused on further development of our established creative, innovative and collegiate research environment as the essential culture within which to grow: our research programmes, our staff, our students and consequently our international reputation and competitiveness.  

As a result, our strategic priorities are structured into the categories of: research activity, research capacity, research impact, and research environment.   The specific priorities in each of these categories are provided here.  



Our research impact



Postgraduate Research