Formally recognised (Research Cluster) a group of researchers whose research expertise is applied either to a common area, field, or theme, or who are involved in a collaborative research project, or set of related projects. Collectively, the quality-assured research publications of the staff involved should constitute a substantial body of knowledge.
- Bring together, and provide a supportive and stimulating collegial context for researchers, postgraduate students, and postdoctoral fellows working on topics of common or related interest, with the aim of increasing the research outputs.
- Attract internal and external research funding for collaborative research, with the aim of being upgraded to a Research Centre
- Generate, and promote awareness of, research opportunities for potential postgraduate students, and for research collaborations with staff and students (International Networing)