From climate change to robotics, we tackle some of the most pressing environmental, social and economic challenges facing our rapidly changing world.
By building positive partnerships and working closely with communities around the world, we're able to explore cultural insights, track societal shifts and deliver effective solutions as populations adapt to economic and global pressures. Our aim is to co-create research that brings benefits for generations to come.
As a University for public good, our researchers draw on academic excellence coupled with bold, creative thinking to change lives for the better.
Professor Matthias Ruth, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research
At the University of York we don't just observe change; we're a catalyst for it.
We opened our doors in the 1960s, an era of the civil rights movement, anti-war protests and counterculture. Our desire to make changes that improve the world around us was inherent in the University's original mission. It still is today and it will remain so in our future.
As we celebrate 60 years of research that confronts challenges head-on, join us in exploring the future impact our community is driving in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences.
Our research spans the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. These are just some of our major research projects happening now:
The Institute for Safe Autonomy
Our new £45m centre is at the forefront of research into safe robotics and AI-enabled autonomous systems
We’re working with partners on a clean, green future that will create jobs and boost inward investment
Departments and centres
Our research crosses disciplinary boundaries to develop new insights and solutions
York Research Journeys: Ian Hitchcock
In his research journey, Ian talks about what inspired him to a life in haematological research, his determination to overcome challenges at school, and why, almost 25 years after starting out, he remains as focused as ever on finding ways to defeat cancer.
Research Strategy 2023-2030
At the University of York, the advancement of knowledge through the development of ideas, theories and concepts, and through collaboration with others, is done for public good.
Our Research Strategy 2023-2030 lays out how we put this into action.
Studying and career development
Explore our research degrees and fellowships, or find your new research role at York.
Collaborating with industry
World-leading research is happening in the heart of Yorkshire, and we can help your business be a part of it.
Whatever your business development needs, we can help.
Explore how our research best meets the grand scientific, social and environmental challenges of our time.