Featured stories: the impact of our research
- Heathrow pods 19 February 2015 A new form of personal rapid transit developed at the University of Bristol is now being used by thousands of passengers every day at Heathrow Airport.
- HDTV, anywhere in the home 19 February 2015 Innovations in wireless video transmission yield major benefits for media companies and consumers
- Averting avalanches 19 February 2015 Mathematical modelling of the flow of snow carried out at the School of Mathematics has been used to design structures that arrest or deflect avalanches. The research has been used in guidance for engineers and many defence dams and barriers have been built that today protect communities and assets worth hundreds of millions of pounds.
- Monitoring greenhouse gases 19 February 2015 Using a combination of atmospheric measurements and complex modelling technology, Bristol researchers routinely verify the UK’s estimated greenhouse gas emissions
- danceroom Spectroscopy 19 February 2015 Using interactive high-performance computing to visualise molecular dynamics and inspire thousands of people with the beauty of the microscopic world
- Discoveries result in innovative products such as removable and programmable drug release chewing gums 19 December 2014 Research led by Professor Terence Cosgrove at the School of Chemistry has brought new insights into why polymers stick to or are repelled from surfaces. This new knowledge has been commercialised by Revolymer, a spin-off company that employs more than 30 people and whose products are used in a broad range of industrial and consumer applications.
- Bristol research informs development of treatments to improve outcomes for patients of heart attack and stroke 10 June 2014 Pharmaceutical companies have shifted their focus for cardioprotective drug development based on research conducted at the University of Bristol, which began nearly 20 years ago. Today, the multi-million pound investments from pharmaceuticals are paying off with patients starting to see the benefits in preliminary clinical trials.
- 'Five-a-day': research behind understanding the importance of a high fibre diet and aspirin in preventing bowel cancer 10 June 2014 The University of Bristol's Cancer Research UK - Colorectal Tumour Biology Group was the first to identify apoptosis (cell suicide) as a plausible scientific mechanism for how a high fibre diet and aspirin may prevent and treat bowel cancer.
- People with sensitive teeth and toothpaste manufacturers both benefit from Bristol-based research 12 May 2014 Research conducted at the University of Bristol, which revealed the mechanism behind sensitive tooth pain, has helped with the development of better desensitising toothpastes that provide relief for pain sufferers.
- Animal welfare is improved internationally by research into poultry stunning prior to slaughter 12 May 2014 The final moments in the life of billions of chickens being processed in commercial plants have become more humane thanks to research carried out at the University of Bristol.
About our impact stories
Research at the University of Bristol contributes to the University's international reputation, it informs our teaching and it is the basis of our economic and societal role in the region and of our collaborations across the world.
The stories here celebrate the range and depth of this research undertaken at the University and how it impacts on society, on a local, national and international level.
These stories reflect our sustained and evolving research activity, focusing on key projects that are currently active or have recently been completed from each of the University .