Core scientific disciplines

Five core scientific disciplines - chemistry, life sciences, mathematics, physics and environmental policy - form the backbone of the Faculty's teaching and research activities.

Our research harnesses the breadth of our expertise to meet the changing needs of society, industry and healthcare, and to address the global challenges of climate change, energy, global health and security.

We have made significant progress producing groundbreaking research and world changing collaborations.

Image showing the various research groups and centres that collaborate in the Faculty

Research committees

Our research committees ensure that the strategic vision of the College and the Faculty is implemented across all the Departments. Each committee is comprised of members drawn from a pool of experts from each Department and Institute.

Discover our committee structure and the work they undertake.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Read about the College's approach to equality, diversity and inclusion and actions taken within the Faculty and its departments.

Research excellence

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 will be submitted to Research England in late November 2020. It will then be assessed throughout 2021 and the results are expected to be published in December 2021. The 2014 REF outcome demonstrated the Faculty’s contribution to world-leading, original and significant  research with an exemplary approach to impact (you can read here about the impact case studies of FoNS for the REF 2014). 

The Faculty of Natural Sciences' preparations for REF are overseen by the Faculty REF Committee, chaired by the Dean, Professor Richard Craster, with representation from each department. The Faculty REF coordinator is Craig Bryce, please contact Craig if you have any queries related to REF 2021.