Research impact case studies
The University of Manchester’s research is recognised as being of the highest quality, but we make more than just an academic impact.
These case studies show how the work of our researchers also makes a real difference to economies, societies and cultures across the globe. Our pioneering minds tackle the world's greatest challenges, finding new ways forward for governments, businesses and communities.
Here is just a snapshot of the impact our research has.
Preserving aircraft engine fan blades
Working with our researchers in the Department of Materials, Rolls-Royce have developed and introduced a new process to ensure the safe operating life of aircraft engine fan blades.
Cleaning up the Manchester Ship Canal
Manchester academics established the cause and extent of water pollution in the upper Ship Canal, leading to evidence-based restoration programmes that have rejuvenated the waterway and surrounding areas.
Saving babies’ skin – and new mums’ peace of mind
The University's trials into the effects of specific branded products such as bath wash and baby wipes show they are as safe as water.
Saving banks – from themselves
Theoretical models on financial regulation in middle-income countries are having a significant impact on policy.
There are many more areas of in which our research is having an impact, which you can view here by area or by visiting our Faculty websites.
Areas of impact
Here are some further examples of our research in action.
Faculty case studies
Our Faculty websites contain many more examples of how our research is making an impact.
Biology, Medicine and Health
Read more research impact case studies from our Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health.
Visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health website
Find out more about the impact of our research in the humanities.
Visit the Faculty of Humanities website