Interdisciplinary research on a new class of organo-metallic light
emitting polymers showed that they could produce white light very
efficiently. A consortium of the University and Industry (predominantly
Thorn Lighting, the largest lighting manufacturing employer in the North
East) developed and patented these into a viable alternative to mercury
vapour fluorescent lights with a £4.3M grant from the DTI with matched
funding from industry. The companies are investing in scaling this up to a
full commercial supply chain, supported by a £4M grant from the Technology
Strategy Board. The success of the project helped BIS secure £20.5M to
support Plastic Electronics in the UK, creating 26 jobs, and was cited as
a factor in the Thorn decision not to close down its North East site,
safeguarding 600 jobs.
Durham University research on Homeric epic has had four main forms of
A. Broader and better informed public appreciation of Homeric poetry,
collaborations with publishers, museums, and the media.
B. Enhanced learning and teaching of Homeric epic in secondary and
tertiary education. This
has been achieved through publications and collaborations with schools,
associations, private education and teacher-training providers.
C. Homer in the local community: in collaboration with community arts
companies, and not-for-profit
associations for cultural regeneration, Homeric research has reached new
D. Improved understanding, treatment and prevention of Post-Traumatic
through a close collaboration with a clinical psychiatrist and leading
on the condition.