Research at USW makes a difference in the real world, changing lives and our world for the better. We're leading the way in Europe with ground-breaking work in developing sustainable energy solutions, and we're working with the biggest names in the automotive industry to develop the next generation of low-carbon power systems.
In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), half of our research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent, providing practical solutions for culture, society and the economy. Watch our Research Impact videos.
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USW’s Sustainable Environment Research Centre is developing innovative biotechnology to harness the economic benefits of clean energy. Its research is helping industry reduce energy use and become economically and environmentally sustainable
Researchers developed a suite of statistical tools to analyse energy usage. Businesses significantly reduced their energy use, equating to a reduction in carbon emissions of 300,000 tonnes and energy cost savings of £43M
USW's Centre for Criminology is providing vital evidence to police forces, forensic scientists and policy makers nationally and internationally to improve homicide investigation and manage risks to justice
Research by USW's Centre for Criminology is helping to reform the criminal justice system in Afghanistan and supported a positive change in attitude towards women’s rights
The USW National Cyber Security Academy (NCSA), the first centre of its kind in Wale, helps address the shortage of cyber security skills and develop the next generation of cyber experts
Collaborative work between Dr Mike Chick, from our English Research Unit, and the Welsh Refugee Council has improved refugees’ access to English Language provision, and helped refugees who have settled in Wales to achieve their potential
USW’s Neurovascular Research Laboratory is investigating how physical exercise can help offset neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia, leading to benefits for individuals, their families and the healthcare system
USW's George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling's work with Welsh Women's Aid has transformed training, policy and service provision for women and children in Wales who have suffered domestic violence
The Music, Performance and Media Research Group's work on the ‘lost history’ of popular music in Merthyr Tydfil has improved understanding of the important past that Merthyr Tydfil played in the development on popular music in Wales
Research by the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations has informed national policy development as well as investment and support strategies for media provision and cultural and creative organisations in Wales