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Our research has real impact on the world we live in

Our research is changing lives, increasing our understanding of the world and helping to tackle some of the complex challenges we face in the 21st century.

Through innovative partnerships and collaborations, we’re helping to address environmental change, find treatments for diseases, improve food security, and create a fairer and safer society.  

Recent projects with significant impact include:  

Breakthrough in treatment for rare disease

We’ve helped develop an innovative gene therapy to treat the disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Eyewitness evidence

Our research has led to changes in the way that UK police interview witnesses and gather evidence.

Predicting location of oil and gas reservoirs

New software developed by the Department of Earth Sciences is having a major influence on multi-million pound decisions made by the oil and gas industry.

Reconstructing lost dances

Our work with the Royal Ballet School to reconstruct lost dances led to the revival of the ballet Miracle in the Gorbals - performed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.

Helping indigenous communities thrive

The Guiana Shield region of South America is of global significance for carbon storage, fresh water resources and biodiversity. Research by our Geography department is helping the region’s indigenous communities overcome the challenges they face in surviving and thriving sustainably.

Contributing to legal changes regarding discrimination

Our work looking at Muslim society in modern Britain has contributed to legal changes regarding discrimination on the grounds of religion and has been used by both British and US governments for guidance on Muslim community affairs and Islamic activism.

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To find out more about our research, see the research pages for individual departments and schools.

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