Creating. Improving. Influencing. Innovating.
At the University of Wolverhampton, we are passionate about making a positive impact on our students, our local community and beyond. Through collaboration and multi-disciplinary projects, our research contributes to public debate, creates solutions to local, national and global challenges, and preserves and promotes cultural works of international significance. By advancing knowledge, and bringing together excellence and innovation, we challenge perceptions and seek to change the world for the better.
Across the University, scholars within our Research Centres and inter-disciplinary Research Institutes work closely with commercial and civil society partners in a wide range of research and translational projects. From realising intelligent infrastructures to sustainable construction, from the arts in criminal justice to exercise as medicine, from presenting the self in cyberspace to creating cultural networks, and from designing for people with dementia to new discoveries in diabetes research - impact sits at the heart of all our activities. More information on our impact from research can be found in the case studies below and in our research newsletters:
Making a difference...
Our impact from research undertaken at the University has increased considerably in the last years: for the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) we submitted 38 impact case studies across 17 Units of Assessment (including two new Units for this REF cycle), many of which speak to our research’s effects on policy and society.
The University of Wolverhampton is partnered with the following networks, highlighting how our research can impact on policy:
- The Universities Policy Engagement Network, UPEN, is a community of UK universities committed to increasing the impact of research on policy.
- The COP26 Universities Network is a community of institutions aligned to their commitment to sustainability and the climate change agenda.
Equality and Diversity
The University of Wolverhampton is committed to issues of Equality and Diversity, and to enabling all staff and students to succeed. Our policy statements on Equality and Diversity can be found here. The impact of our research in this area has national and international reach. For instance our work on board processes and behaviours have brought new feminist perspectives on corporate governance impacting practices across the sectors. The University was recently awarded the Athena Swan Bronze award in recognition of its work in developing a gender equality plan.
Planning for impact
Planning for impact is an important aspect of preparing research proposals and other applications. Individual Funders assess impact according to their specific remit and the call’s expectations so it is important to ask for advice before submitting any proposal for funding to ensure that your application fully aligns to their impact definitions and expectations.
Although it is no longer required to submit a separate Pathways to Impact in research bids to UKRI, impact continues to be a core consideration throughout the grant application process. Identifying the potential impact of the research can help with planning and prioritising knowledge exchange, public engagement and dissemination activities.
The Bidding Support Team can help:
- identify potential funders and funding options for your project idea
- advise and support you through the internal approvals processes
- provide training and advice for the Project Costing and Bidding system
- offer critical friend review of your bid
- support with bid costings
- signpost to others in the university that can help with specific sections or elements of your bid
- undertake eligibility and technical reviews prior to submission
- support you to navigate and use funder submission systems
Examples of our research...
Our research | Big Data
Michael Thelwall, Professor of Information Science and Head of the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group, discusses one of the main projects the group is working on, Big Data.
The group has developed a computer programme to assess whether social media posts contain positive or negative sentiment, and how strong that sentiment is.
The project is now being developed to be applied to real life situations such as how transport authorities can change road layouts based on drivers’ levels of stress.
Our research | Emotional Eating
Emotional eating is eating in order to create or change an emotion in some way.
Tracey Devonport, Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Wolverhampton, explains how research at the University of Wolverhampton is seeking to help people create strategies for regulating their emotions without relying on eating habits.
Our research | Brain Tumour Research
Our dedicated Neuro-oncology Research Centre at the University of Wolverhampton is leading the way in identifying the genetic causes of brain tumours and the treatments to deal with them.
Discover the progress our scientists are making in developing this vital research.