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The University’s School of Engineering hosted a visit from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Healthcare Technologies senior team who support research which underpins transformative healthcare applications.
The visit provided an opportunity for University researchers to showcase the innovative and world leading research which is funded by EPSRC.
Over 100 researchers from the Faculties of Science and Engineering and Health and Life Sciences were able to present to the visitors their research collaborations in areas including eye and vision science, nanomedicine, tissue engineering, plasmas and antimicrobials, maths in healthcare and the University’s new digital research theme.
Colin Sinclair, CEO of the Knowledge Quarter, gave an overview of the facilities currently being developed within the Knowledge Quarter including Sensor City and the Materials Innovation Factory, and presented its recently unveiled plans for future investments and expansion.
Professor Ken Badcock, EPVC for the Faculty of Science and Engineering, said: “This has been an exciting event, with great engagement from our vibrant research community. We have been able to demonstrate to our main funders that by working collaboratively, great people, in a great place are delivering research which makes a massive difference to people’s lives – whether that’s enabling a surgeon to “walk through” a sick child’s heart or helping older people to stay safely in their own homes with “friendly” robot assistance. The more we do, the more there is to do – but we are up for the challenge!”
EPSRC is the largest single funder of research to the University and has awarded over £35million in grants to the University, this represents more than a quarter of all RCUK awards made to the University. EPSRC funds mainly research in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, but also includes projects in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.
The visit is one of a series of EPSRC engagement meetings which assist the University and EPSRC to share information, and develop thinking and new research strategies.
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