Research in action
We strive to engineer a difference and for our research to have a real impact.
Impact was introduced to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in REF 2014. In the REF, impact is defined as an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia.
Demonstrating the effect of research on the economy and wider society has had many positive uses beyond obtaining quality related funding.
Finite element/discrete element analysis
Our internationally-leading computational research work has made a profound impact on the solution of industrial problems involving coupled field, multi-fracturing phenomena.
Find out more about our research impact in this area.
Improved aerodynamic design
FLITE, a computational aerodynamics system, has revolutionised the speed of aerodynamic design work and has been used by NASA, BAE Systems, Airbus and BLOODHOUND SSC. Find out more about our research impact in this area.
Rolls-Royce gas turbine engines
Our University Technology Centre (UTC) in Materials has made significant technological contribution to the manufacture of efficient gas turbine engines, leading to a significant reduction in fuel consumption.
Development of new coatings
As the UK’s leading centre for coated steel corrosion, collaborating with Tata Steel, we have developed new functionally coated metal construction products carrying 40 year warranties. Find out more about our research impact in this area.
Improving anti-doping education
Academics have led internationally recognised research that has contributed significantly to national and international approaches to catch or deter athletes from doping.
Enhancing performance in elite athletes
Research conducted at Swansea University has helped transform the pre-competition strategies of elite sport. This research has focused mainly on the application of post-activation potentiation (PAP), manipulation of warm-up variables and morning priming for enhanced performance.
Blood clotting detection
Our invention, trialling, adoption and commercialisation of technology for the early detection of abnormal blood clots. Find out more about our research impact in this area.
Printing complex inks
Research by the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC) has generated significant, multi-million pound, economic impact in the printable electronics and packaging industries. Find out more about our research impact in this area.
Optimisation of membrane systems
Our internationally-recognised research on membrane processes and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) techniques has had a significant impact in a wide range of industries. Find out more about our research impact in this area.