Research undertaken at the Centre for Intellectual and Developmental
Disabilities(CIDD), has significantly impacted upon:
The adoption of hydrogen and fuel cell systems provides one solution to fossil fuel depletion,
security of energy supplies and sustainability concerns. However, safety is a key technological
barrier to the hydrogen economy. The technological impact of this case study is the adoption of
research outcomes, from work undertaken by the Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research
centre (HySAFER), Built Environment Research Institute into international regulations, codes, and
standards (namely Commission Regulation (EU) No.406/2010, and the international
ISO/TR15916), and development of novel safety strategies, guidance, protocols, and engineering
solutions supported by significant external research funding.
This case study demonstrates that the Transitional Justice Institute
(TJI) peace process research has substantially impacted on key
stakeholders in multiple conflicted and post-conflict states. Impacts
include developing sustained relationships with public officials to inform
policymaking, making recommendations for legal changes, capacity building
with local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on peace process issues
and addressing conflict-related abuses, informing public debate, and
raising awareness of international and comparative legal standards among
local judiciaries subsequently applied in their work. Impacts have
benefited a range of users and contributed to growing sensitivity to
victims' needs in conflict resolution.
(1) Enhancing the awareness of (i) women of childbearing age suffering
from epilepsy and
prescribed new and/or older generation AEDs, and (ii) their healthcare
both to make informed decisions through evidence-based practice that
will reduce/prevent the risk
of harm to unborn children potentially exposed to AEDs in early
(2) A change in the process by which GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) practices
epidemiological surveillance of the new generation AED `lamotrigine' in
(3) Benefit to the methodological practice of other researchers in
Europe involved with AEDs and
(4) Contribution to building European system for reproductive safety
This case study concerns the long term (energy) sustainability of emerging winemaking regions.
Underpinning research in energy efficiency and renewable technologies informs the case study in
determining energy usage and benchmarks, development of energy guidelines/policy,
implementation by national professional bodies and adoption of energy best practice by the local
industry. Impact is through the adoption and application of benchmarks by winemaking
associations, directly influencing (through policy, regulations and standards) the energy expended
in making wine. The study is underpinned by international publishing accolades (Solar Energy
`Best Full Length Paper in Photovoltaics', Mondol et al, 2005) and a highly prestigious personal
Royal Academy of Engineering Global Research Award to Smyth.
Research undertaken at the University of Ulster has had a global impact
on public health advice about fish consumption during pregnancy. Ulster's
international collaborative research has been used by the Food and
Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the World Health
Organization (WHO), and also by industry, to promote greater fish
consumption during pregnancy. The work has also been evaluated by the
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in its assessment of the public
health risk of methyl-mercury in food.
We addressed a serious mismatch between increasing rates of autism
diagnosis across Europe and the shortage of professionals skilled in
effective treatment provided by Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA; www.bacb.com).
A parent-lead charity (PEAT) was established in N. Ireland (www.peatni.org);
teams from 7 European countries adapted our multimedia training resources
(www.stamppp.com); Masters and
Certificate level courses were established. Government documents informing
policy in Scotland and New Zealand were corrected. Schools and charities
in the Republic of Ireland, Poland, and Portugal, and other Masters level
courses subsequently appeared in Ireland (http://tinyurl.com/cxpo66m).
Simple Steps NI Ltd. was established involving PEAT and Manleys (http://www.manleys.co.uk).
During the conflict, community relations work had low strategic
importance. Morrow et al (1997) demonstrated that the absence of an
overarching conceptual framework stifled government policy and so
subsequently developed a ground breaking model of community relations
engagement to be mainstreamed into government policy (around equity,
diversity and interdependence). Following two major government
reviews of community relations in 2002 and 2003-5, these research findings
were adopted as central to public policy and resource allocation, and
reconfigured as `A Shared Future'.
Since 2008, the core concepts of Morrow et al's work have been explicitly
integrated into the vision and values of many policies and practices
around reconciliation, community relations and a shared future
demonstrating a continuing, cascading impact at local, regional, national,
European and international levels.
Research has linked employee wellbeing to employee motivation and
engagement, which can in turn drive increases in productivity and improved
levels of product/service delivery. This case study illustrates how
academic research and enterprise-based activity, through a university
spinout company, has helped to create a significant positive impact on
promoting and improving employee wellbeing. This has been achieved across
a variety of national and international organisations, including several
high profile private and public organisations, involving over 50,000
employees across Europe. This has resulted in a number of positive
outcomes such as national and international awards in the area of HR as
well as increased employee engagement and reduced employee absenteeism.
The retail industry and its supply chain represents the largest private
sector employer in Northern Ireland and is a major employer across Europe.
With the vast majority of enterprises in the retail supply chain being
small in size, they traditionally lack sufficient resources, formal
procedures and expertise to effectively develop new market opportunities.
Our research focuses on how SMEs in the retail supply chain can develop a
strong market orientation. This industry-focused research has had a direct
impact on a range of beneficiaries, through the development of new
products, services and networks for SMEs, and a significant contribution
to policy development and implementation.