Research at Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth University possesses a long and distinguished record of undertaking cutting edge research that has been recognised as being world leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour, and as stated in the University’s Strategic Plan 2012-17 ‘We are committed to building on this success over the next five years and are working towards a strong return in the Research Excellence Framework exercise in 2014 from which we can further build in the period to 2017’.

Research is an integral part of the University's mission and work. It is supported by a Research Strategy, the purpose of which is to ensure that the University can continue to produce a significant volume of high quality work and respond to the rapidly changing environment in the UK in relation to research and its funding.

The University has an excellent range of facilities and resources to assist with research activities including four substantial libraries, access to a wide range of electronic information sources, and the vast resources of the prestigious National Library of Wales on its doorstep.

The links on this page provide more detailed information on our research activities. For some of the latest research from our academic and researcher community  please visit our Research Highlights section

Research Expertise


Research Office 

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Research at Aberystwyth University is supported by the Research Office. The core activities of the office are: pre-award research support, post award research finance support, REF and research monitoring, large project management, and project management support for grants.

Research Outputs

  • RAE
  • REF 2014
  • Cadair (online research output repository)
  • PURE (CRIS - Current Research Information System) 


Research Strategy & Development

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THE Award Winners

Aberystwyth wins award for Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology at the 2013 Times Higher Education Awards