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

Finite Element Method

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

computational fluid dynamic image of the bloodhound ssc

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

rolls royce plane engine

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

Active Office and Active Classroom on Bay Campus

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

tour de france

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

male swimming competition

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

red blood cells

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

printed examples on table

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

water drop

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.