University of Liverpool
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As an elite Russell Group institution, the University of Liverpool is one of the UK’s leading academic institutions, with an annual turnover of £452m, including £124m for research. It is ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide. The University of Liverpool’s research has a tangible impact on people, places, policies and the planet by focusing academic efforts on the grand challenges – environmental and cultural change, security and conflict, sustainable energy, materials for the future, and global healthcare.
The Liverpool School of Architecture (LSA) is an internationally recognised centre for architectural and built environment research. The LSA was acknowledged as one of the top three research Schools of Architecture in the UK Government’s 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Since 2008, the LSA has continued to enhance the scope and depth of its research activities. Recent additions of senior researchers in the areas of BIM (Building Information Modelling), sustainable design and computer-mediated design have increased the emphasis on inter-disciplinarity, especially in linking the creative, collaborative and technological aspects of developing sustainable built environments.
The LSA has networks with some of the best European architectural and engineering practices, and is a key contributor to the new Design Institute at Liverpool, set up to foster collaborative initiatives across design and engineering, such as in the areas of rapid prototyping, digital fabrication and virtual engineering.