Research undertaken at the University of East London has confronted the
historical lack of documentation, representation and participation in the
British theatre by ethnic minority communities, with particular reference
to the British Asian community. This work has been used to create and
shape the production of important new theatre pieces, as well as to engage
and develop new young and diverse audiences for them. Workshops, post-show
discussions and symposia relating to the production of these pieces have
increased the engagement of these new audiences both with theatre
generally, and with the often sensitive, contested, and
politically-charged subject-matter of the specific pieces under review.
The research has also been used as the basis for the development and
delivery of professional development training for emerging theatre artists
from minority community backgrounds.
Research conducted at the University of Cambridge under an EPSRC grant
between 1999 and 2002 established the viability of using microwave induced
pyrolysis as a process for recovering clean, elemental aluminium and
hydrocarbon liquids and gases from waste laminate packaging, thus
preventing the need to send this material to landfill. The research has
been commercialised by Enval Limited — a multi-award-winning University
spin-off founded in 2006 that has attracted approximately £2M funding
during the REF period and employs 7 people. A pilot scale unit has been
operational since 2011, and the first commercial-scale unit has been
constructed and has operated since April 2013.
The Panacea Society was an inward-looking religious community formed in
Bedford in 1919. In 2001 a few reclusive members remained — some of the
last representatives of a religious sub- culture dating back to the 1790s.
Since 2001, members of the Oxford Faculty of Theology have been
instrumental in advising and enabling this Society to evolve from a closed
religious group into a charity funding social and educational initiatives
and a public museum explaining apocalyptic religion to general audiences.
Oxford-based researchers have produced notable academic outputs through
discoveries in the Panacea Society archives; findings which shaped and
informed the new museum.
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.
Research carried out by the Open University Business School (OUBS) has
identified how clinical involvement in the leadership and governance of
health services should be undertaken in practice. The sustained stream of
research has had an impact on healthcare services at a national level,
contributing to the work of an influential think-tank, influencing a
Government task force and contributing to the guidance provided by the
national NHS Leadership Academy. The latter has led to the collaborative
development of a major continuing professional development (CPD) solution
with a key management consultancy group. The research has also
significantly impacted on management and governance of local healthcare
trusts and has contributed to guidance by the healthcare regulator.
Research by members of the Centre for Language, Culture and Learning
(CLCL) has drawn public attention to the home and community learning of
children of migrant origin; highlighting the role of siblings,
grandparents, complementary schools and faith settings. We have influenced
practice in this important yet neglected area by engaging with
policymakers, teachers and community leaders through seminars, workshops,
print and online media including the BBC, and creating learning resources
for families and schools. The research has informed Tower Hamlets'
language policy, and received recognition by an influential audience at
the Council of Europe's Language Policy Division.
Some research achieves apparent impact because it travels in the same
direction as the prevailing political wind. The researchers featured here
have often headed into that wind by arguing that England should close the
academic-vocational divide and establish a unified and inclusive 14-19
education and training system that meets the needs of all learners. They
have consequently made an important contribution to critical public debate
on education policy and have helped to shape the thinking of teaching
unions, government commissions, awarding bodies and local authorities.
Their ideas have proved influential not only in England and Wales but also
Femtocells provide short-range (e.g. 10m) wireless coverage which enables
a conventional cellular communication system to be accessed indoors. Their
widespread and growing use has been aided by the work in UoA11 by the
University of Bedfordshire (UoB).
In 2008, while the femtocell concept was still in its infancy,
researchers at UoB with expertise in wireless networks recognised that
coverage prediction and interference reduction techniques would be
essential if the benefits of that concept were to be realised.
Collaboration with two industrial partners (an international organisation
and a regional SME) resulted in tools that enable operators to simulate
typical femtocell deployment scenarios, such as urban, dense apartments,
terraced house and small offices, before femtocells can be reliably
deployed by users without affecting the rest of the network (a benefit of
the technology). These tools have been deployed by those partners to
support their businesses. A widely-cited textbook, written for network
engineers, researchers and final year students, has brought knowledge of
femtocell operation to a wider audience.
University of Reading research has raised awareness of a group that is
often overlooked in policy
and practice: young carers and families affected by HIV. It has revealed
the factors that influence
involvement and outcomes in young care-giving and identified the support
needs for young people
and those that they look after.
The research has led to newly funded support services in East Africa and
the UK, international and
national practice guidelines, and capacity-building among professionals.
The impact has
predominantly been the enhancement of wellbeing, health and social care,
and families' rights and welfare provision.
This case study focuses on impact achieved through the widely-seen
performances by GW Theatre of Mike Harris' commissioned play about
extremism, From One Extreme to Another, in schools in the UK. The