School of Life Sciences


Research lies at the heart of the School of Life Sciences and underpins our outstanding teaching.

Our impact

We strive to engage with problems in fields as varied as cancer biology, drug discovery, neuroscience and biodiversity. Explore the case studies below to discover how our diverse research makes a difference to the wider world:

Our research in REF 2021

We’re delighted with our performance in the Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF 2021).

The School of Life Sciences made submissions to two Units of Assessment (discipline areas). Each received a different set of grades:

Our Biological Sciences research (as submitted to UoA 05 – Biological Sciences) was assessed overall to be 35% ‘world leading’ (4*) and 59% ‘internationally excellent’ (3*). In particular, over 90% of research outputs, 100% of impact cases and 100% of our research environment were assessed as 3* or 4*.

Our Chemistry research (as submitted to UoA 08 – Chemistry) was assessed overall to be 29% ‘world leading’ (4*) and 58% ‘internationally excellent’ (3*). In particular, 75% of impact cases were assessed as 4* and 25% as 3*. Our research environment was also rated 75% as 3* or 4*.

Across the University of Sussex as a whole, 89% per cent of research activity submitted to REF 2021 was categorised as either ‘world-leading’ (40.6%) or ‘internationally excellent’ (48.4%).

The results of REF 2021 were published on 12 May 2022.

See all REF results and read more stories behind the research we submitted.

Sponsorship of Independent Research Fellows

The School of Life Sciences is keen to attract and support the most outstanding researchers of the future. We welcome applications from promising scientists who have obtained, or would like to obtain, competitively-awarded Fellowships. If you are interested in being sponsored for such an application, then please contact the relevant Subject Chair, copying in the Head of School ( You may be invited for an informal visit.

You can find further information about our policy for the recruitment of Research Fellows here.