Coordinated by Lancaster University, CREST represents a unique partnership of six founding Universities along with the Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) who administer funding on behalf of the UK security and intelligence agencies. Each of the founding partners take primary responsibility for one of five programmes of activity.


Lancaster has a long tradition of delivering world-renowned research into security. This excellence is consolidated in Security Lancaster, a centre that involves over 70 academic staff and PhD students collaborating on innovative research while delivering significant outreach and impact. Lancaster’s interdisciplinary social science research on security includes its involvement in RCUK’s PaCCS programme, its behavioural science work with UK Government and its status as an EPSRC-GCHQ Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security.

University of Bath

The mission of the University of Bath is to deliver world-class research and teaching, educating its students to become future leaders and innovators, and benefiting the wider population through its research, enterprise and influence. In the ‘QS top 50 universities under 50’ table for 2015 the University was ranked 7th in the world. The University of Bath has a long history of research on security threats, with wide ranging expertise on technology, public policy and behavioural and management science.


Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives. Birmingham’s recently established Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion combines with POLSIS to foster interdisciplinary studies relevant to security.


Cranfield has a global reputation for inspirational teaching and research, industrial-scale facilities and superior links with industry and commerce. Its partnership with the UK Ministry of Defence continues to drive forward innovation and excellence in defence research and training.


The University of Portsmouth has a long-standing and significant track record in security research and in the co-development of evidence-based interventions. Its International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology carries out world-leading research into security issues such as detecting deception, investigative interviewing and managing risk.


The University of the West of England, Bristol, is consistently one of Britain’s leading new universities for quality in teaching, and has a strong research tradition. It has an extensive track-record of research on topics related to national security and terrorist financing.