Our researchers explain why their work matters

Our research covers many disciplines and topics, but all of it is driven by people who are passionate about their work. Meet the researchers whose work is changing lives.

We’re making aircraft more fuel efficient.

Professor Richard Butler and his colleagues have helped Airbus and GKN save 40,000 tonnes of fuel over the lifetime of each A350-XWB airliner, by developing an algorithm to design lightweight composite wings.

Learn more about this work.

We’re giving children a voice.

Over 3 million children in the UK live in poverty. Professor Tess Ridge’s research has shown that understanding the impact and experience of poverty from the child’s perspective is essential for developing effective policies and services to improve their lives.

Find out how her research has influenced national policies for low income children.

We’re making sure infectious diseases are identified quickly.

The research done by Professor Chris Frost and his team has led to the pioneering Atlas io© system which can detect whether an infectious disease is present in under thirty minutes.

Find out more about the Atlas io© system.

We’ve created techniques that will reduce rugby injuries.

Injuries in rugby will be dramatically reduced thanks to a new scrum technique developed by Dr Grant Trewartha, Dr Keith Stokes and their research group.

Read more about how we developed this technique.

We’re making life easier for lone parent families.

Professor Jane Millar, Dr Susan Harkness and Professor Tess Ridge have used their research to influence policy on job retention and tax credits, helping to improve the quality of life of two million lone parent families in the UK.

Find out more about how this project has helped long parent families.

We’re helping to save lives in Intensive Care Units.

Research by Professor Tony James has resulted in the development of a continuous glucose monitor which can be used to monitor for severe hypoglycaemia, and will help to reduce the rates of morbidity and mortality in intensive care units of hospitals.

Find out more about this project.

We’re helping elite athletes improve their performance.

Dr Aki Salo aims to understand the limits of sports performance and offers advice to help improve the techniques of elite athletes.

Explore this project.

We’ve helped make the car industry more efficient.

Professor Andrew Graves has worked with the World Car Industry to develop a ‘Build to Order’ process for producing vehicles. This means customers get the car then want when they want it, but also improves the environmental performance and the productivity of the industry.

Learn more about ‘Build to Order’ vehicles.

We’re contributing to MOD efforts to enhance UK defence.

Professor David Galbreath and his colleagues focus on defence planning, policy and changes taking place in science and technology. They contribute to work being carried out at the Ministry of Defence’s ‘Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’.

Learn more about Professor Galbreath’s work and view a video.

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We will be offering a free six-week-long MOOC course on the subject in Spring 2015. Details will be available through our MOOCs page in due course.

We’ve helped create more accurate forecasts.

Through working closely with the Met Office, Professor Chris Budd has improved methods of analysing weather data to help improve five day forecasts.

Explore the challenges involved in producing highly accurate forecasts.

We’ve created an infection detecting dressing for burns.

Dr Toby Jenkins and his colleagues along with partners at Frenchay NHS burns unit, have developed a novel wound dressing that detects infections and can help to reduce scarring for burns patients.

Find out how this research can help save lives.

We’re helping to license environmentally friendly building materials.

Professors Mike Lawrence (featured) and Pete Walker have led research into low-impact, bio-based building materials.

Read more about this work, and about two full-scale prototype buildings developed on the Bath campus.

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