Research with impact

Based on our established excellence in discovery science and ambitions for our research, we have three areas where we aim to make a significant difference. These are our research missions, full of stories of how our extraordinary research is advancing knowledge, breaking barriers and unlocking innovation

Hidden pandemic: study uncovers scale of online child harm

Professor Deborah FryJun 4, 202415 min read
One in eight children around the world have been victims of sexual exploitation and abuse online, new study found.

But is it art? – How AI is redrawing creativity

Stephen PhelanMay 23, 202411 min read
The ability to create art is a hallmark of what it means to be human. But with chatbots generating stunning images, video and even poetry, are we facing AI’s artistic triumph?

The Beautiful Game portrays the power of sport to change lives

Dr Grant JarvieMay 22, 20244 min read
A film inspired by the Homeless World Cup football captures the spirit and impact of the tournament.

Insights into the lack of a mind’s eye

Professor Adam ZemanApr 18, 20246 min read
A decade of research into aphantasia – the absence of mental imagery – reveals some fascinating insights.

Using AI’s power to fight climate change

Corin CampbellDec 7, 20239 min read
Whether climate change or AI poses the greatest threat to humanity depends on which of the world’s brightest minds you ask. But how can the power of the latter be harnessed to help tackle the former?

How AI can help us live better for longer

Jennifer TruelandNov 20, 20239 min read
As populations become older and greyer, the more they rely on over-stretched health services and families. Can AI play a role in helping make our golden years truly golden?

What video games can teach us about the past

Dr Glaire D AndersonOct 9, 20235 min read
Outside of fun and excitement, video games have the potential to offer relevant history lessons. How much impact can they have on our understanding of the past?

How downplaying green benefits could boost plant-based meat

Jennifer YuleSep 26, 20236 min read
Plant-based meat sales are stagnating. To get it on more plates - and take pressure off the environment - does it need a rebrand that ignores its eco-friendly credentials?