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Research impact

The University of Manchester’s research has a positive impact on societies, business and individuals across the globe.

From health care to climate change, international trade to cohesive communities, we face up to the planet’s greatest challenges and bring benefit where it's needed most.

Our work is improving the health of people all over the world. Research into cancer conducted at the University has led to better outcomes for people with many forms of the disease, including women with breast cancer and children with leukaemia. Investigations into the use of antibiotics in oral health have influenced guidelines internationally, while our lecturer and award-winning author MJ Hyland has used her writings to challenge preconceptions of multiple sclerosis.

We’re also committed to improving the health of the environment. Our research into climate change has led to climate adaptation strategies being put in place in 11 cities across Europe, while more than 350 organisations a year use our online tool for assessing the impact of greenspace in urban areas. Our expertise is sought by businesses looking to reduce their carbon footprint, with organisations in more than 70 countries using our carbon-calculator to achieve benefits totalling more than £450 million.

We’re at the centre of research and development in graphene, the wonder material whose properties were first isolated in Manchester. For example, we’re launching a graphene lightbulb that offers lower energy emissions, longer life and lower manufacturing costs than others on the market. Many of our innovations become industry standards, such as Selectfluor, an agent used to make the production of many top-selling pharmaceutical products safer and more efficient.

We’re influencing the people who have the power to make global trade fairer – our inaugural Global Poverty Summit brought 50 of the world’s leading poverty thinkers to Manchester and concluded with two major international declarations.

Enabling a more equal society is high on our agenda. Research conducted at Manchester has influenced anti-policy policies in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia, and our multidisciplinary research in humanitarian and conflict response is helping to professionalise the sector and improve the lives of those affected. Through our In Place of War project, we’re connecting artists in areas of conflict and documenting their work. And, through our libraries, we’re preserving and promoting cultural works of international significance, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Genizah fragments.

By working internationally, we’re able to tackle challenges even beyond this planet. Our Jodrell Bank Observatory is the international headquarters for the Square Kilometre Array, the world’s largest radio telescope. The telescope will allow us to answer some of the biggest questions about the universe.

Accessing our research

In our Faculties and Schools, as well as through dedicated Centres, Institutes and initiatives, we bring together our resources to help policymakers, businesses and communities benefit from our research.

Policy

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.

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 us see economic and social benefits, including improved competitiveness, productivity, job creation and the opening up of new markets.

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

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.