Research culture

How we transform the world

We’ve built a culture of research excellence that’s committed to solving real world problems. When you join us, you’ll be part of an international community of researchers working to make a difference through research with a positive impact.

Our work benefits business, technology, the arts and humanities, health and the environment along with our community and the wider world.

Join our research community

Bring your passion and research expertise to join us and we’ll train and support you to transform the world with what you do. Your work will benefit from different perspectives and expertise that comes from being part of a community of researchers from across the University and beyond.

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Prestigious research partnerships and collaborations

We collaborate with colleagues across our campuses in Dubai, Mauritius and Malta. Take for example Professor Richard Croucher, from our Business School, who is looking into a healthy working environment in Mauritius.

Our students visit other institutions worldwide for research exchanges, from University of Lisbon to University of Helsinki and University of Humboldt in Germany.

We welcome visiting academics like Professor Hans DeHaard, from Universite de Franche-Comté, who works with our researchers on cancer immunology.

Our long-term partnerships with other higher education institutions include our work with University College London on seven joint projects across disciplines with total funding of £4.8 million

Our work with industry

We collaborate on projects with industry like our long-standing partnership with Festo, who develop technology for education and helped build the Cyber Factory, a factory of the future so our students can develop skills they need for the jobs of the future.

We work with businesses and organisations in our local community too. The Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research supports local economic growth by consulting with Barnet Council on a strategy for developing local business.

Our worldwide impact: supporting female entrepreneurship in Pakistan

Middlesex academic Dr Neelam Raina leads The Value of Culture in Conflict, a research project to support female entrepreneurship in design in Pakistan. The project has enabled women to develop their craft practices to generate sustainable incomes through training, peer-to-peer learning and knowledge exchange with other practitioners. Working with a local organisation, this project takes an inclusive and locally-led approach to help alleviate poverty.

Research in creativity and culture

Essential support for early career researchers

Progress your career - all early career researchers get membership of sector-wide networks such as VITAE and we’ll link you with career opportunities in the wider community.

Develop your skills - our Researcher Development Programme develops skills such as research methods, preparing a research presentation and information about intellectual property and patenting.

Build your network - our annual Research Students’ Conference is led by students and brings together people across the University to showcase their work and make connections.

Outstanding research spaces

Our campus in north London brings together bespoke spaces across disciplines to provide the research infrastructure you need for your work. Look around our research facilities.

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Our Cyber Factory is a focus for exploring human-computer interaction and ‘Industry 4.0’ through applied research.
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This bioscience suite is equipped for analysis of environmental samples with access to microbiological and molecular equipment.
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The dance studios and Grove Dance Theatre are spaces for choreography and dance research.
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We've specially designed facilities for academic work for the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre at the Church House Farm Museum.

Research integrity and governance

We’ve developed a robust set of policies that guide what we do. Your work will be governed by our Academic Board, central Research and Knowledge Transfer Office and specialist Faculty Research and Knowledge Transfer team for your subject. Our Research Degrees Administration Team are there to provide support for research students and supervisors.

How we support you

Events and networking opportunities

  • Meet researchers in your field and in other areas at events organised on campus including our Practice Based Learning conference

  • Take part in national and international sponsored events hosted here. Recent external events include the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers conference and British Universities Industrial Relations Association annual conference

  • Join events organised by our research community connected to our portfolio of research projects including away days and meet-ups.

Our calendar of events

Your own research impact

We’ll support you to make a difference through what you do with:

  • Help to find funding for your research with impact and to achieve the positive results that you want

  • Advice with funding that builds engagement with your work locally and internationally to bring your project to more people that it can help

  • Support to promote and spread the word about what you’re doing to extend the impact of your work.

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