Research Strategy

R-LINCS: Research–Led Innovation Nodes for Contemporary Society

Our interdisciplinary Research and Knowledge Exchange strategy, called R-LINCS (Research-Led Innovation Nodes for Contemporary Society), bridges conventional boundaries between research disciplines and devises innovative approaches to address applied research questions. In practice, this means that experts from a range of disciplines, often working with external partners, pool their talents to address the complex problems that modern society faces. 

R-LINCS integrates our research into a single Abertay-wide initiative designed to exploit the fact that the University is a compact and focused institution. Our size enables us to work effectively within and across departmental and discipline boundaries to create an innovative and sustainable environment for research, to drive development of new research areas, and to strengthen disciplines through cross-fertilisation. Our ambitious to further build capacity and drive interdisciplinary research and innovation is being stimulated by significant investment. 

Central to that investment is the Graduate School, a unique postgraduate community in a multi-disciplinary environment. A purpose-designed forum where researchers and postgraduates come together to work, learn, collaborate and socialise, the School grants membership to all students engaged in postgraduate study at Abertay. From projects developing seaweed crisps to computer games programmes used for anti-cancer drug design, the School supports the University’s research community as a whole. In addition to providing a work space, Graduate School staff organise and run consultancy and training sessions for students, equipping them for further study, media contact and the world of work. 

Strategic research activity is focused around University-wide Themes to address key local, national and international priorities, and to build on our existing areas of expertise and our industry-facing heritage. These Themes are Creative Industries, Environment, Security and Society.

For further information surrounding published articles, reports and theses, Abertay's open access repository contains articles and supporting data from staff and students.