With links going back to the original BRITEST collaborative project, Leed's current engagement with Britest is being carried out on a number of fronts. The School of Chemical and Process Engineering has an established reputation across the entire spectrum of chemical, energy, petroleum, nuclear engineering and aviation technology. With just over 1,000 students from over 70 countries, Leeds is of the largest integrated engineering schools in Europe. The School's broad capabilities (and specific world-class facilities such as the Institute of Process Research and Development (iPRD) which offers one-of-a-kind and world-class facilities and expertise in process chemistry, and particles and crystals engineering) allows them to take a true ‘atoms-to-products’ approach to process engineering and design, with impact across virtually all industrial sectors, including oil and gas, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, consumer products, foods and feeds, advanced materials and devices, and environmental protection.
Leed's accession to membership of Britest in 2016 effectively formalised a number of ongoing interactions, and reflects the logic of the the close working relationship between Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and resultant cross disciplinary research at the heart of many of our members’ businesses. Leeds hosts the industry-facing CP3 (Complex Particulates & Processes) Centre for Doctoral Training and (along with Britest) is playing a substantial research role in the ADDoPT (Advanced Digital Design of Pharmaceutical Therapeutics) AMSCI collaborative project, The Britest ChemDecide and FST (Facilitator Support) tools arose from the work of Dr. Richard Hodgett, now based at the Leeds Business School's Centre for Decision Research (CDR) which brings together researchers who have an interest in human decision making. particularly in situations involving risk and uncertainty,
Membership of Britest reflects a common direction of travel for both organisations, and helps Leeds maintain research focus - offering new collaborative opportunities with industry and academia through Britest members, and a voice in shaping the research agenda for the UK - and to expand the horizons of undergraduate/postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students through exposure to Britest tools.