Jackson has provided professional enhancement for directors and
actors by bringing his
research-led insight into the texts and acting traditions of
Shakespearean theatre to bear on
the preparation of scripts for performances. He has achieved this through
rehearsals, working at a detailed level of interpretation and performance.
His research has also
enhanced cultural enrichment for audiences through such forms of public
engagement as essays
in theatre programmes.
Elleke Boehmer's archival research into early Indian migration
(1870-1950) has enhanced public
understanding of the cultural impact of migration, challenging common
assumptions of its historical
impact in Britain and assisting better-informed public discourse. Her work
demonstrates that the
effects of one of the major immigration flows to Britain were on balance
more constructive than
threatening, increasing and improving cultural interaction rather than
reinforcing or exacerbating
colonial divides. Disseminated through a Government Forum, travelling
exhibitions, film and
installation, radio broadcasts, and public lectures, her research has
improved the evidence base
for civil servants, policy makers and cultural commentators interested in
the impact of immigration
on identity formation.
The pioneering work of Steven Ley on polymer-supported reagents and
technology has helped change the way we achieve cleaner chemical
processes. The concepts and
techniques invented in Cambridge allow more sustainable processes to be
concomitant reduction in purification steps, shorter reaction times and
diminished solvent usage.
The work has led to a spin-out company (Reaxa), seeded the creation of a
number of other
companies, and resulted in the development of several devices for
continuous flow synthesis that
are now commercially available via Mettler-Toledo (USA) and Cambridge
Reactor Design (UK).
This technology is having an impact in industry, with continuous flow
processing increasingly being
used for full-scale commercial production.
This case study details the impact of research conducted by the Centre
for Hearth Tax Research in the preservation and presentation of historical
data. Through the process of research, public engagement, and digital
publications, the Centre for Hearth Tax Research has substantially
increased access to the hearth tax for the benefit of a wide range of
public users. This accessibility has been achieved firstly by the
conversion of complex fiscal data into new formats, and secondly by an
outreach strategy directed at local history and record societies,
genealogists and family historians, and those interested in historic
buildings. This research has had a significant impact in the following
three ways: (a) preserving fragile records for the benefit of future
generations, (b) the enhancement of public service provision in national
and local archives, and (c) by widening access to the hearth tax as a
Research led by Susheila Nasta challenges the dominant perception that
multicultural Britain is a post-Second World War phenomenon, and
demonstrates that the early histories of South Asians in Britain are
relevant to contemporary issues of British Asian and global citizenship.
Built on partnerships with national and international collaborators, this
research has reached and influenced large numbers of people through two
major touring exhibitions (one in the UK, one in India), extensive online
and broadcast dissemination, and direct engagement with policy-makers. In
the process, this research has had a major impact in transforming public
awareness of this integral element of Britain's past.