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Find out more about the teaching and research activities taking place within our Faculty of Technology

Technology underpins all facets of modern life and evolves at relentless speeds. Over the course of our lifetime, we would have witnessed major breakthroughs that will have a significant impact and reach on society. Our purpose is to educate our students to participate in creating and applying contemporary knowledge and technological advances to make a difference.

We're solving societal problems through practical, affordable and sustainable solutions. A central question drives our research: how do we make technology, engineering and science more relevant to the wellbeing of human beings and the world? We produce impactful research with practical applications through our collaborative partnerships with universities, research bodies and industry leaders.

Each year, around 1,000 students graduate from our programmes. Our graduates are making a big difference to the world, whether developing low-carbon solutions, building water treatment plants in developing countries, helping to keep the nation's data systems secure, or educating the next generation of maths teachers.


of our Physics research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent

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9 out of 10

graduates in work and/or further study

(HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19)

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Our students learn in an environment geared towards practical skills, employability and challenging assumptions about how things work. To support them we have facilities including the Future Technology Centre, hydraulics lab, structures lab, Environmental Technology Field Station, Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Lab, the SAP Next Generation Lab, and the Atomic Force Microscope Lab.

Our lecturers are coaches and mentors, guiding students through their studies. All our courses are designed around the realities of working in industry and tackling societal challenges. Our Student Placement and Employability team helps students gain work experience and placement opportunities.

In addition to our full-time and part-time, campus-based and distance-learning degree and postgraduate degree courses, we offer a full programme short courses and continuing professional development courses that cover all aspects of the land, property and construction industries – including programs in construction law, fire safety, and health and safety.

Our teaching areas

Explore the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees we offer within the following areas.

Architecture and surveying courses

Develop practical problem-solving and creative skills to work in architectural design, building surveying or the conservation industry.

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Computing Courses

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Engineering Courses

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Mathematics and physics courses

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We reach out to young students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) through events and partnerships with schools and colleges. Our annual Girls in STEM event offers Year 9 girls the opportunity to explore science, technology and engineering by building vehicles and bridges, learning forensic coding, and exploring space.


We're a research leader among post-1992 universities, and we're building on our strong results in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. In REF 2021, 100% of our physics research outputs were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent, 100% of our mathematical sciences research impact was rated as having considerable reach and significance, 83% of our computer science and informatics research impact was rated as outstanding or very considerable, and 75% of our research in engineering was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent. 

We recently brought together businesses, councils and environmental groups to increase flood protection and sustainable drainage in housing developments through our ProSuDS project - 'Providing Real-world Opportunities for Sustainable Drainage Systems'.

We're also working with businesses, the public sector and other universities to increase solar power generation across England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands through our involvement with the 'Solar Adoption Rise in the 2 Seas' project, or 'SOLARISE'. The goal of this project is a 20% increase in renewable energy consumption by 2020.

Our research areas

Discover the 8 research areas that sit within our Faculty of Technology – from Cosmology and Astrophysics, to Health Informatics.

Cosmology and Astrophysics

We're working to understand the cosmos and the fundamental physical laws at work – including gravity and the nature of spacetime. And how these laws of nature play out in the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies.

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Health Informatics

We're improving the design of computer systems and wellbeing services to make the delivery of healthcare more efficient and cost-effective, and we're exploring how technology can influence lifestyle choices and reduce health risks.

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Operational Research and Logistics

We're researching how we can apply quantitative methodologies to improve decision-making across a range of diverse fields of application.

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We're delving into the mathematical complexity behind the processes and functions all around us, to develop solutions to problems in science and industry. Explore our mathematics research.

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We're working to find solutions to global issues like climate change, infrastructure, transportation and new energy sources. Explore our physics research.

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Civil Engineering

We're working to better understand the increasingly-complex and highly-pressurised nature of modern construction – from the rising prevalence of hybrid technology, to the challenges of managing component supply chains.

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We're exploring how computational paradigms and algorithms can be used to make a positive difference in a variety of human-machine systems – and our research in computational intelligence is already making an impact.

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Energy And Electronic Engineering

We're researching how to explore methods and theories in energy and electronic engineering, and their application to real problems. Explore our energy and electronic engineering research.

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Our research centres

Much of our exceptional research takes place within the following cross-disciplinary research centres – find out more below.

Centre for Healthcare Modelling and Informatics

We're working to develop technology that makes work more efficient for the organisations that form the National Health Service (NHS).

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Centre for Operational Research and Logistics

We're using our expertise in analytics, system design, simulation, programming, and forecasting to help organisations around the world make better decisions.

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Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation

Researchers at our Institute of Cosmology & Gravitation explore the evolution of our Universe and aim to inspire the next generation of scientists. 

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Our staff

Faculty staff support academics in devising the curriculum, designing and promoting courses and awarding successful students. We manage the committees that oversee research activity, and learning and teaching in technology. We also manage events and outreach programmes, and support staff and student wellbeing.

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Professor Djamel Ait-Boudaoud

Executive Dean

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Dr Jenny Walden

Associate Dean (Academic)

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Dr Lee Woods

Associate Dean (Students)

Faculty of Technology

PhD Supervisor

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Professor Jim Briggs

Professor of Informatics

Associate Dean (Research)

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PhD Supervisor

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Dr David Hutchinson

Innovation and Impact Development Manager

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Professor Adrian Hopgood

Theme Professor (Future and Emerging Technologies)

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Professor Raymond Lee

Associate Dean (Global Engagement)

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Contact us

To get in touch, please contact our Faculty office.

+44 (0)23 9284 2993