HWU is a research-led university specializing in science and engineering, business and management, languages and design. HWU has a world -reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Of particular note is the emphasis on applied research which a real impact on policy, application and manufacturing. The School of Life Sciences (SLS) hosts the biologically orientated activities of HWU with over 60 academic staff engaged in a wide variety of research with an interdisciplinary emphasis. The largest SLS research grouping is primarily concerned with environmental research, which extends from the deep-sea through the coastal zone to the terrestrial environment, including Arctic and Antarctic soils, with applied research grouped in three main areas marine and coastal research; terrestrial environmental sciences and nanomaterials and the environment.