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Research impact

The University of Manchester’s research impacts on societies, business and individuals, whether it’s finding the energy solutions of tomorrow, bringing advanced materials to industry or finding ways to tackle poverty.

Our links to industry, health services and charities accelerate our research impact, quickly transforming theory into real-world solutions.

Research that impacts upon policy at home and overseas

Researchers at The University of Manchester are an important source of knowledge, expertise and research for government and other policy-makers, both in the UK and internationally.

Policy@Manchester is an initiative which showcases the contribution of academics from The University of Manchester to public policy development in the UK.

Our policy researchers work closely with networks such as cities@manchester, which translates research into usable information relevant to urban policy-makers from around the globe, and the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing, which promotes interdisciplinary research on all aspects of ageing, helping to bridge the gap between academic research and policy and practice.

University research for business

From the first modern computer to our pioneering work on the wonder-material graphene, innovation has always been central to our research. Collaboration with business and knowledge exchange are important priorities.

Businesses that engage with the University see economic and social benefits, including improved competitiveness, productivity, job creation and the opening up of new markets.

View our knowledge exchange case studies to find out more about this activity and the benefits it brings locally, nationally and internationally.

Bringing our research into communities

Research at The University of Manchester makes a positive impact on society, addressing key challenges such as inequalities, cancer, climate change and energy. 

Read some of our researchers’ stories about how they have contributed to the well-being of local and global communities.

By engaging communities with our research, we share our knowledge, expertise and skills. We organise public and community engagement activities across the University.

A strong commitment to environmental sustainability guides our research and activities, and we invite you to engage with our sustainability agenda.