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University of Salford recognised for changing lives

Dec 06, 2018

The University is proud to be supporting the MadeAtUni campaign that kicks of this week. This campaign aims to raise awareness of the difference that universities make to people, lives and community.

UUK, the group behind the campaign, has compiled a list of over 100 of the best breakthroughs that have been made at universities across the UK. Our ground breaking Energy House has been honoured in this list for its pioneering work in home energy measurement, usage and innovation.

Research by the team at Energy House, the world’s first real home inside a controlled environment, has underpinned the retrofitting of 3,000 homes, proved methods to slash utility bills by 15% and test at the Energy House have enabled 500 companies to improve insulation, boilers, thermostats, building materials and smart meters and controls in a fraction of the time.

The list of breakthroughs demonstrates how UK universities are at the forefront of some of the world’s most important discoveries, innovations and social initiatives, including the creation of the internet, work tackling plastic pollution, ultrasound scans to check the health of unborn babies and the establishment of the Living Wage.

The list also highlights the less celebrated breakthroughs that transform lives, including a specially-designed bra to help women undergoing radiotherapy; a toilet that flushes human waste without the need for water; the development of a new scrum technique to make rugby safer; a sports initiative that aims to use football to resolve conflict in divided communities; - and even work to protect the quality of the chocolate we eat.

To find out more about the campaign and discover the 100+ ways that universities have transformed lives, visit MadeAtUni.org.uk. You can also join the conversation online using the hashtag #MadeAtUni and celebrate the amazing work that goes on at Salford and elsewhere.