This impact case study describes the development and application of
models of training and performance in elite cycling. These models have
been used by elite medal winning teams in their search for competitive
advantage in the UK (by British Cycling and British Triathlon, including
the GB Olympic Cycling and British Triathlon Teams and the British
Paralympic Team) and internationally (by the Australian Institute of
Sport). These new cycling models have provided the basis for the
development of new training processes that are influencing the way in
which many nations prepare their elite riders. This work has contributed
directly to enhance elite sports science practice in the field of cycling
and the competitive advantage for British teams to which it contributes is
envied around the world. The adoption of the underlying algorithms for the
`Wattbike' software has given our work a wider impact on sports practice
and training methods, and it has been adapted for the `Map My Tracks'
website which is used by sports enthusiasts worldwide.
The North East of England has seen a rapid decline in traditional heavy
industry, leading to high levels of unemployment. The Business School
recognised that traditional pedagogies were less than effective at
engaging managers within the region, and developed a programme of on-going
research to inform management curriculum development. Initially the
research focused on developing an innovative model of work-based learning,
and has subsequently developed into four core themes of professional
identity, inter-professional working, creativity and coaching. This case
study describes the developments since 2001 and the resulting impact since
2008 on policy, local business and individuals.
Researchers in the Centre for Psychological Research developed
(CFT), which has been used to treat depression and anxiety by reducing
shame and self-criticism.
CFT has also been applied successfully to eating disorders, personality
disorders, psychoses and
other disorders, and has been introduced in NHS treatment centres.
Training programmes have
equipped therapists to deliver CFT. The benefits of CFT have also been
made available directly to
the public through self-help books and materials, and through the
Compassionate Mind Foundation
charity. The CFT approach has also been extended to improve wellbeing
among the general
population as well as those affected by psychological disorders.
Geoff Walton's PhD thesis in the area of information literacy, together
with the input of Allison
Pope, led to two significant impacts. The first is the development of a
web-based online study skills
tool, called The Assignment Survival Kit (or ASK). This tool has been
adopted by a number of
colleges and universities worldwide. The second strand of impact is the
manner in which this work
underpinned the delivery of information literacy teaching programmes for
the British Library of
Development Studies (BLDS).
A corpus of research developed over twenty years brings together
experience and expertise of staff, students and researchers at Birmingham
City University in the Early Years (EY) cluster. This has had effects on
practice in contexts in which national and international EY policy,
leadership and pedagogy are developed and produced, enacted and contested.
It has affected specific areas of learning and development, e.g.
mathematics, including thinking skills, creativity, information and
Research that was policy, programme and issue-focused has stimulated
discussion and action, locally, nationally and internationally, for
instance in Europe, Central and South-east Asia and Australia.
The Galatean Risk and Safety Tool (GRiST) is a clinical decision support
system (CDSS) conceived and developed by computer scientists at Aston
University from 2000 onwards, where it is being delivered as a
cloud-computing service. It is used every day by mental-health
practitioners in the NHS, charities, and private hospitals to assess and
manage risks associated with mental-health problems. Between 1/1/2011 and
31/7/2013, clinicians provided 285,426 completed patient risk assessments
using GRiST. It has changed organisational and clinical processes by its
systematic collection of risk information, explicitly linking data to
clinical risk judgements, and showing how those judgments are derived.
Increasing international awareness has come through presentations to
mental-health practitioners in Europe, America, and Australia.
Research into service user involvement in mental health care resulted in
the development of an
educational intervention for registered mental health nurses to deliver
appropriate therapeutic interventions for highly distressed and disturbed
The research outputs were taken up and implemented by Halikko hospital in
Finland, leading to a
significant change in policy and practice, including a substantial
reduction in the use of coercive
techniques. Following the success of this change, other psychiatric
hospitals in Finland have
adopted the system.
Research by the University of Nottingham's Education and Technology for
Health team has
benefited healthcare students, professionals, users, carers and
institutions both in the UK and
internationally by establishing a participatory methodology for
high-quality, sustainable multimedia
Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs). These learning tools are now used in 50
countries globally to
facilitate individual access to knowledge, enhance learning within
curriculums and deliver
continuing professional development, with feedback showing satisfaction of
up to 100% in some
nations. They are also being used to train healthcare professionals in
further strengthening the University of Nottingham's role as a global
Industrial regions around the UK are seeking to develop bio-based
economies in order to minimise
their CO2 emissions and stimulate economic regeneration.
Researchers at Surrey, in collaboration with key industrialists from the
Humber region, have
produced a mathematical model of the main factors influencing the
transition to, and establishment
of, a bio-based economy. This model has been used by the Humber
(HEM) group, and the Humber local authorities to help guide strategic
planning for the region. The
outcome is that the research has contributed to environmental improvement
regeneration of the Humber region, and has indirectly impacted on public
In response to growing calls for competence-based continuing professional development across
healthcare professions, Professor Ian Bates and colleagues at the UCL School of Pharmacy have
led multi-disciplinary collaborative research to develop frameworks for the professional
development of pharmacists. These have been adopted across the UK, and are now the norm for
pharmacist development. In addition, the cumulative evidence base was used by the Department
of Health to establish the first NHS Consultant Pharmacist posts in England. The frameworks are
increasingly being adopted for use in different countries around the world and, most recently, have
underpinned a global framework for practitioner development under the auspices of the World
Health Organization and UNESCO.