Prof. Bob Webb – Research priorities Q. The University of Nottingham has 13 research priority areas. What are they and why has the University chosen to focus on those particular areas? We are board base university and we have world-leading research across the whole range of university, from art and humanities, through social sciences, engineering, veterinary sciences and also clinical sciences at medical school. We selected these priority groups based on a critical mass and also multi-disciplinary nature of the research in the priority areas. And some of the key priority areas, one would easy recognise, these are one related to energy, so ever priority group in energy, we have one on global food security would be the major challenge over next 50 years. As a global university that we have two international campuses, one of our priority groups linked to globalisation and then we have other key priority groups, for example operations in the digital world, which is looking at the utilisation of new digital advances, which is going to have an impact on everyone, around the world as we go forward. Q. Another area, drug discovery that on the medical side? Yes, we have strong, a lot of strong research going on in drug discovery and also in synthetic chemistry. Also, interesting that it’s link to obviously some of the work going on in our Malaysian campus, I don’t think people realise or recognise that actually in Malaysia, in terms of biodiversity is second after Brazil. So in terms of drug discovery, we know that a lot of compounds come out of natural products, because of the biodiversity in Malaysia that shows you the research in Malaysia and how that links back to the UK and makes things into strong drug discovery research in Chemistry is going on at Nottingham.