Quality profile RAE2008

Quality profile

Size of submission RAE2008

Size of submission

Research Themes

The School has a long tradition of excellence in research which characterises our identity as much as our teaching expertise. Our Research Director, Professor Stephen Neidle has overall responsibility for the School’s research strategy.


In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise for British universities 90 per cent of the research activity at the School was deemed internationally significant and 25 per cent world-leading.

RAE 2008

The combination of the strength of our quality profile and the size of our submission marks us as one of the most important centres for pharmacy research in UK education and placed us top of the pharmacy ‘power league table’ according to Research Fortnight.

Our research focuses on advancing and understanding medicines and health care, and in creating new medicines. It is organised into four themes.

Drug Discovery

Our drug discovery activities focus on three complementary areas: cancer medicines, antimicrobials and natural products as a source of novel compounds against a range of human disease


Our research covers nervous system regulation and function in health and disease, with a focus on synaptic function and neuronal circuitry

Formulation Sciences

Our research activities focus on the sciences and technologies used to develop and understand the final dosage form of medicines

Medicines Use and Health

Our research examines ways to translate the potential benefits of medicines into positive health outcomes by understanding and shaping the factors that influence their optimal use

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