Breaking research boundaries
We’re tackling the big issues of today and tomorrow head on.
Health and wellbeing
From novel diagnostics to appearance research, we’re tackling the challenges of today and tomorrow, transforming health and wellbeing futures for all.Health and wellbeing
Creative industries and technologies
Creativity powers innovation, growth and human progress. Here at UWE Bristol we’re working with industry-leaders to generate new creative futures.Creative industries and technologies
Sustainability and climate change resilience
UWE Bristol are tackling the critical issues of sustainability and climate change first hand with their research.Sustainability and climate change
Digital is everywhere and touches everything we think or do. Here at UWE Bristol we’re exploring the future of digital.Digital futures
An active, collaborative research community. Bold, original thinkers, breaking boundaries, immersed in the now, opening the way into new futures.
This is big, brave thinking for a better future. It’s research done well. Research with the power to transform lives, transform the future.
We are asking ourselves the difficult questions and inspiring others with our areas of expertise.
Creative industries and technologies
Creativity powers innovation and progress. We’re creating new futures in everything from film and TV, animation and digital story-telling, games and virtual reality.
Digital technologies will reshape and recode our world. From big data and machine learning to cyber security, digital ethics, deep fakes and beyond.
Health and wellbeing
We’re living longer. But are we living better? We’re tackling the challenges of today and tomorrow from genomics and new diagnostics to advanced health technologies, transforming health and wellbeing futures for all.
Sustainability and climate change resilience
The future of the planet is at stake, and we won’t get a second chance. We’re tackling the big issues of climate change, carbon reduction, sustainability and pollution head-on to protect our world for future generations.
Research case studies
Individual stories that show how we're tackling the big issues head on.
Transforming the print industry
Our expert printmakers and digital specialists are helping to craft the future of print for artists and commercial producers.
Developing better oral care applications
Our collaborations with global healthcare and tech leaders are helping to improve treatment outcomes for oral care, thanks to improved and novel products.
Caring for craniofacial conditions
The support available for people across the world born with cleft lip or palate has been vastly improved by the work of UWE Bristol researchers.
Resurrecting Angela Carter’s Bristol connection
The life and work of one of the 21st century’s most canonical writers have been reconnected to the city of Bristol, amplifying the city’s cultural kudos.
Uplifting visual storytellers
In an era of fake news and disposable media, visual reportage has an increasingly influential role to play, as proven by an award-winning UWE Bristol artist.
Global boost for alternative film culture
Activists, artists, filmmakers and exhibitors have joined forces as part of the world’s largest alternative film network.
Safeguarding public data
Fresh insights into Artificial Intelligence, are transforming the way confidential data is processed and publicised by UK government and statistical bodies.
Studies carried out by UWE Bristol have helped promote and strengthen the position of Britain’s Overseas Territories in the aftermath of Brexit.
Our collaboration with some of the world’s leading musicians is combining artificial intelligence and human motion for a unique take on musical gloves as wearable technology.
Protecting the marine environment
Investigations led by our experts in marine and fisheries law have played a critical role in establishing proper legal practices and lobbying for greater safeguards.
Schools across the UK have had their minds opened to the subtle ideologies contained in children’s literature, encouraging a more critical perspective.
Once the preserve of a niche audience, artists’ books have been reframed as a widely accessible art form, connecting artists with fans and collectors.
Re-integrating people who committed a sexual offence
Improving society’s attitudes and involving communities in rehabilitation programmes is key to preventing repeat sexual offences, say UWE Bristol researchers.
Sustainable technology is helping to resolve sanitation and safety issues for thousands of people at schools, humanitarian projects and music festivals.
University students from working-class backgrounds stand a better chance of accessing academic and job opportunities, after research exposed the inequities holding them back.
UWE Bristol experts are taking a crucial role with driverless cars and how they interact with other road users including buses, cyclists and pedestrians.
Protecting liberty: Evidence of failures prompts change in the law
People subjected to pre-trial detention in courts across England and Wales now stand a better chance of a fair hearing thanks to research by UWE Bristol.
UWE Bristol research has led to changes in public data sharing laws around the world after proving that a risk-averse approach was ineffective.
UWE Bristol scientists' pioneering work has improved hospital treatments for potentially fatal conditions such as tuberculosis and sepsis.
Shifting perceptions of criminal justice
Public engagement in the criminal justice system has been enhanced by our work, thanks to an innovative and digitised approach to capturing the history of the UK’s courthouses.
New methods for predicting uptake of radioactivity by plants are transforming how the environmental impact of nuclear activity is managed.
Traditional top-down approaches to heritage interpretation have been flipped on their head by UWE Bristol experts.
We are proud to be part of the South West Creative Technology Network and involved in coming up with creative, sustainable solutions to today’s problems.
Our researchers are working to resolve the challenge of understanding the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s, in an ever-increasing ageing population, with the hope of identifying earlier interventions for the disease.
We are helping authorities worldwide to tackle the ever-evolving problem of financial crime. Drawing on our expertise, we are turning the tables on fraudsters by empowering police forces to intervene.
We are working to preserve creative freedom after the democratisation of machine learning has opened up a world of possibilities, and ethical conundrums, for the film and TV industry.
Novel print processes
From wearable technology that will give people the power to monitor their health, to futuristic composite materials that will make transport more environmentally sustainable, researchers at UWE Bristol are on the case.
We are leading the way in the design of assistive robots, understanding how people and robots can interact intuitively, safely and effectively; and designing and testing robots that will be acceptable and enjoyable to use.
Our researchers have been working with Unilever on the Dove Self-Esteem Project global education programs, addressing the psychological, social, cultural and resource-based challenges to improving self-esteem and body image among young people.
We are working with policymakers and community groups across Europe, putting people at the heart of environmental change, to facilitate lasting change to the world’s air pollution crisis.
Our experts in transport policy are working internationally to bridge the gaps in cycling infrastructure to bring the many advantages of cycling to our cities.
Our researchers are helping to steer the emerging field of virtual reality and the critical questions asked around power, responsibility and creative potential in a positive direction.
3D printing of ceramics
UWE Bristol's innovative ceramic 3D printing material has helped ceramic tableware companies improve their industrial processes.
Community local news
UWE Bristol research has informed the BBC and community groups in working together to widen the range of voices in local news.
Improving young people's engagement with education
Research at UWE Bristol has stimulated new partnerships between universities, colleges and schools.
Next generation flight design
'Onto REM' combines cutting edge requirements alongside project and business timelines, shaping the next generation of aircraft.
Promoting children's literature
UWE Bristol research has had a major influence on the teaching, reading and writing of children’s literature, at home and abroad.
What graduates do we need
Researchers from UWE Bristol collaborated to create a classification scheme to analyse graduate employment.
Shaping sustainable suburbs
A research team at UWE Bristol have taken an in-depth look at the risks suburbs face, joining forces with residents to test ideas and create change.
Improving the design of prosthetic legs
Helping to develop a more comfortable prosthetic socket for Paralympics hopeful Tania Goddard, part of Team GB.
Measuring solid objects automatically
Innovative techniques developed at UWE Bristol for measuring the dimensions of difficult solid objects automatically are now being used commercially.
A germ that can speed up leukaemia treatment
Our researchers have harnessed the glow-in-the-dark properties of bacteria to help some leukaemia treatment sufferers.
Improving labour productivity
Insights from research at UWE Bristol have informed ambitious policies that are fuelling regional economic growth.
Collaborative culture in construction
A team from UWE Bristol produced a ground-breaking toolkit to reduce costs and improve performance.
Helping managers improve operational performance
Research at UWE Bristol has highlighted the importance of front-line managers in their role as people managers, benefitting leading organisations.
Influencing the minimum wage
Research conducted by the Bristol Business School has been used to shape the setting of and compliance to the minimum wage.
Biofilm model systems
A system developed at UWE Bristol to measure the growth rate of microbes has been adopted by companies for healthcare products.
Careful talk saves lives
UWE Bristol research has led to improved teamwork between healthcare professionals during hospital emergencies.
Changing policy on human tafficking
Research at UWE Bristol has influenced policy on human trafficking and improved the human rights of exploited migrants.
Helping children with impaired communication skills
The findings from UWE Bristol research into children's communication have directly influenced major policy reports and have improved therapy practice.
Sensing our health
UWE Bristol researchers are developing cutting-edge technology called ‘magnetic-biosensors’ to accurately detect biological molecules.
Research, Business and Innovation (RBI) blog
Keep up to date with all of our innovative research via our blog.RBI blog
"Our ambition is quite simply that, through our outstanding research with real-world impact, we will transform futures. Our aim is to advance knowledge, support sustainable economic growth, enhance social and cultural development, promote health and wellbeing, pursue equality and diversity, and raise the quality of built and natural environments."
Professor Martin Boddy Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise
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