Hull-based research on critical systems thinking has been used for
public, private and community benefit in Australasia, due to pivotal
partnerships with the International Centre for Complex Project Management
in Australia and the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR)
in New Zealand. Benefits include: the reconciliation of economic and
environmental imperatives in NZ water management, valued at NZ$1.7bn of
economic growth; NZ$6.2m for ESR projects serving government clients;
improved stakeholder consultation on NZ science investments; the
development of new systems thinking capacity in the Victoria Department of
Primary Industries (Australia); and 5% cost savings in key Australian
Impact: Public outreach, education, science
engagement, debate and policy development:
Inspiring, informing and educating the general public, school children,
educators and policy makers by communicating the results of PHYESTA
astronomical research through events, movies visits and training.
Influencing worldwide policy makers through the stimulation of new
Improved awareness and knowledge of astronomical discoveries, and the
importance of/progress in science in general. Improved teaching, enhanced
motivation of school children to pursue science, supported by heightened
enthusiasm/knowledge in the wider public.
The public, educators and educational organisations, governmental
organisations including recreation and tourism, international
organisations including the UN.
Direct interaction with ~100,000 school children and members of the wider
UK public over REF period. Engagement with many more worldwide through
events, TV programmes, movies, webinars, and press releases/news stories.
Direct training of several 100 school teachers, and extended impact
through educational resources. Influence on policy development through the
PHYESTA astronomers have both led the highly-cited research and have
worked directly with outreach staff, educators, and organisations (e.g.
Royal Society and STFC) to publicise and promote the impact and relevance
of astronomical discoveries.
Impact: Economic and societal
The Millimetre Wave and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) group has
developed internation-ally award-winning instrumentation, and associated
components that have been produced commercially by Thomas Keating Ltd.
They have also led a pio-neering public understanding programme (PUP).
Significance: Thomas Keating have developed a range of new product
lines serving > 20 international customers including [text removed for
publication] of recent orders. The PUP has reached ~82 000 at-tendees.
Reach: Systems have been sold internationally and PUP has
developed into specific exhibitions at a range of science centres.
Attribution: The work has been led by PHYESTA Researcher Dr Graham
The Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) runs a successful
programme of community engagements with local schools, science centres and
tourist attractions to influence public awareness and understanding of the
world-class research we perform. In 2012-13, ICG engaged with 4858 people,
including 2412 school children. Through our "Cosmology Masterclass", we
have inspired hundreds of A-level students from across the region; 60%
said we had increased their interest in university. In 2012-13, staff
engaged with 50 different schools across the UK. For the last 3 years, we
have interacted with thousands of people running BBC Stargazing Live
partner events, receiving almost unanimous praise from the public via our
Schizophrenia affects 1 in 100 people, with costs to society of £12
billion in England alone.
Prevalence is similar across the world, with two thirds of people
experiencing relapses despite
medical treatment. Researchers at the University of Manchester (UoM)
disseminated psychological interventions for schizophrenia and related
mental health problems
which have led to improved outcomes for patients and families (e.g. 20%
symptoms over standard treatment). We have implemented and delivered our
protocols, outcome measures, treatment manuals, and training programmes
(with over 200 training
courses delivered across the UK, Europe, USA, Asia, Australia and Africa).
The impact of the
research has been commended nationally and internationally by professional
bodies (e.g., British
Psychological Society, American Association of Behavior Therapy).
This case study reclaims neglected writers and texts, enabling user
engagement with British literary heritage through the commemoration,
interpretation and presentation of authors' lives and forgotten or rare
fiction. It expands cultural capital and enhances the imaginations and
understanding of individuals and groups by raising awareness of the lives
and literature of non-canonical Victorian and Edwardian writers. Using
previously unexamined archival and privately-held source material it
challenges previous assumptions about, for instance, disability and
invalidism in relation to Victorian women writers. Through cultivating
interest in, and enabling public knowledge of, such authors and their work
it creates cultural and educational enrichment.
Between January 2008 and July 2013, over 10,000 key stage 4 school
students and their teachers directly engaged with active research of the
Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge
through an annual interactive 3 day exhibition, titled "Physics at Work".
In 2012 the event attracted 31 non-selective state schools and 17
selective/independent schools, 23 of which had visited the exhibition 3 or
more times previously- a testament to its success. Building on the
enthusiasm that the students showed during their participation in the
event, teachers noted an increase in the number opting to study A-level
physics and stated that those previously with no interest left with a very
positive image of the subject.
The work of the UK's largest radiocarbon measuring laboratory, at the
Environmental Research Centre (SUERC, University of Glasgow), has had a
range of impacts
including the identification of the remains of Richard III; [text removed
for publication]; providing
evidence to solve high-profile murder cases and to prosecute people
trading animal parts from
endangered species e.g. rhinoceros horn and elephant ivory. The laboratory
also leads inter-calibration
studies that provide quality assurance to >75% of the
world's radiocarbon laboratories.
Research at Bradford has focused on the Biological Non-Proliferation work
of the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre (BDRC). The research-informed
impact of this work is two-fold. Firstly BDRC has influenced, and
continues to influence, decision- and policy-making involving 170 States
on how to strengthen global governance through improvements to the
Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC). As a consequence of this
influence BDRC has changed the practices of institutions and individual
researchers and thus has, through novel training and curriculum
development, helped foster a culture of biosecurity to reduce the risk of
inadvertent or deliberate misuse of life and associated science research.
Leicester's world-leading research into exceptionally well preserved
fossils has crucially
underpinned the successful establishment of a new UNESCO World Heritage
Site in China. The
Chengjiang Fossil Site in Yunnan Province is officially recognised by
UNESCO as having
"Outstanding Universal Value", containing fossils of soft-bodied sea-life
dating from 530 million
years ago. The fossils occur in a region where the minerals industry is a
key economic driver:
granting of World Heritage Site (WHS) status has removed the threat of
mining activities, secured conservation of the site, and paved the way for
further sustainable, non-invasive
tourism. The same research serves as a vehicle for raising awareness about
of life, the history of biodiversity and the importance of `blue skies'
research in the UK.