President Paul Boyle and pro vice-chancellor for research Iain Gillespie are shaking things up at the University of Leicester. In the first of two articles, James Brooks reports on the creation of four interdisciplinary research institutes at the university.
At the end of June, the University of Leicester unveiled four interdisciplinary research institutes, focused on precision medicine, structural and chemical biology, space and Earth observation, and cultural and media economies.
Structural reorganisations at universities being as time consuming as they are, it seems logical that the institutes would have been planned long before the Global Challenges Research Fund came into being. But given that they have been established to “tackle issues of global importance”, the parallels between Leicester’s ambitions and the direction of government policy are undeniable.