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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.