The University of South Wales (USW) is joining more than 125 universities across the UK to launch a major campaign to bring to life the many ways in which universities make a difference to our everyday lives.
Universities UK's MadeAtUni campaign was launched with the publication of the ‘UK’s Best Breakthroughs list’, a collection of stories from UK universities which showcase the many breakthroughs, discoveries, projects and initiatives to come from UK universities which have benefitted individuals, communities and society.
USW is proud to be included in the Top 100 list, with the story about a group of student nurses working on improving patient hydration in hospitals . The simple idea to help hospital staff monitor a patient’s fluid intake was featured as one of the top innovations UK universities have come up with over the past year.
The nurses have proposed that hospitals introduce jugs with yellow lids, rather than the traditional blue lids, for patients who are either having their fluids restricted or monitored. The lids, which cost as little as 70p each, would provide hospital staff on busy wards with an easy visual clue about which patients require careful monitoring.
The campaign follows independent research undertaken by Britain Thinks on behalf of Universities UK, which found that the public are proud of UK universities but have little understanding of the benefits they bring beyond undergraduate teaching.
The findings showed that, while a significant proportion of the population were interested in hearing about how UK universities lead the world in research, most did not realise UK academics were behind some of the world's most important discoveries, such as MRIs and ultrasound scans.