The University of Manchester’s research has real-world impact beyond academia. We are at the forefront of the search for solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems, seeking to be a global force for positive change.
From tackling cancer and poverty to finding the energy solutions of the future, our research is making a real difference to the quality of people’s lives across the globe.
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Our pioneering, interdisciplinary and collaborative research is tackling some of the world's biggest challenges.
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Ship exhaust emissions alter clouds’ behaviour
Research shows that ships in the open ocean emitting large amounts of sulphates have the potential to alter clouds’ behaviour and pollute coastal areas.
Professor recognised as one of the world's most cited scholars
Frank Geels, Professor of System Innovation and Sustainability, came 129th in the Stanford Meta-Research Centre's analysis of the world's top-cited scholars.
Manchester secures £1.5 million funding to revolutionise plastic waste streams
The ‘one bin to rule them all’ project aims to simplify plastic recycling for consumers so that more usable recycled plastics can enter the circular economy.
Greater clarity needed over caffeine consumption during pregnancy
Scientists from Tommy’s stillbirth research centre at Manchester warn that expectant parents need to know more about caffeine and its potential risks pre-birth.
Shift workers at increased risk of asthma
Research shows that shift workers, especially those working permanent night shifts, are at a higher risk of developing moderate or severe asthma.
Using sunlight to transform chemical manufacturing
Chemical engineers have manipulated carbon nitride to use sunlight to synthesize fluorine-based molecules, which are key in pharmaceutical products.
'Revolutionary’ algorithms underestimate patient risk
Research shows that machine learning algorithms hailed as game changers in healthcare can significantly underestimate the level of risk to patients.
Our cross-collaborative research allows for a blend of specialised approaches and interdisciplinary innovation.
We combine disciplines and capabilities to meet research challenges and the needs of society.
Find out about some of the areas in which our research is making a difference.
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