At the University of Worcester, the purpose of knowledge is action, not simply further knowledge.

Our high quality and purposeful research programme serves a dual function:

  • To make a positive, transformational contribution throughout society. We recognise that scholarly excellence and research expertise have their ultimate fulfilment in helping to create opportunities and drive real change in our communities, beyond our lecture theatres and laboratories.
  • To help inform our teaching and ensure that our programmes are underpinned by learning that lives, rather than fossilised knowledge trapped in the pages of a book.

Research Excellence

The University of Worcester is the most improved institution for research quality in the country, having climbed 32 places in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings.

World leading research at Worcester increased a remarkable 18 fold over previous levels, signalling our commitment to investing in high quality and impactful research programmes, that have the power to make a real difference to communities throughout the world.

Researchers at Worcester have been recognised as carrying out world-leading work in History, Art and Design, Health, Education, Biological Science, Psychology,Sport, Geography and English. There is also internationally excellent work in Business and Management and Drama and the Performing Arts.

In addition to research pursued by individual scholars in areas of particular interest, we also have a range of collaborative research groups within the University, that focus efforts and drive developments in one particular field. These include:

Centres of Excellence

Worcester is also home to several internationally significant research centres.

The Association for Dementia Studies (ADS) is an international centre of excellence for training, education and research in the field of Dementia Studies. The multi-professional team are experts in person-centred dementia care. The ADS aim to develop evidence-based ways of working with those living with dementia, and their families, to enable them to live well.

The Centre for Violence Prevention (CVP) is an international centre of excellence in violence prevention research, education and advocacy, regardless of who it is perpetrated by, against or between. The multidisciplinary team of academics and practitioners develop evidence-based approaches that aim to reduce incidences of violence and abuse to help create a safer society.