Date of release: Thursday, March 12, 2015

Best of UK research' project showcases GreenwichInnovative work in health, computing and food security at Greenwich is being featured in a national showcase demonstrating research excellence in the UK.

The university is playing a prominent part in Research 2.0, a project being launched today (Thursday 12 March) by University Alliance, a partnership of many of the most enterprising universities in the UK.
The project celebrates the huge impact that world-class research has on society and the economy in the areas of sustainability, improving healthcare, growing industries and shaping society.

Ageing and chronic pain is the topic of the first of the university's three case studies being featured online, highlighting work led by the Faculty of Education & Health. A team of researchers is finding ways of giving older people the knowledge, skills and confidence to achieve a greater level of independent living at home, equipped with improved self-help tools such as leaflets and better information about drugs and the role of exercise and relaxation in pain management. Greenwich has also led the launch of the UK's first national guidelines on the management of pain in older people.

The life-saving work of the university's Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG), exploring how humans behave during emergency evacuations, is also being profiled. The group's research is helping to design safer aircraft, ships and buildings, and has led to new software which has been licensed to 250 organisations in more than 30 countries across the world. Commercial applications of the group's EXODUS software have enabled designers, particularly in the aerospace industry, to bring cutting-edge proposals to life and pass strict industry safety regulations, saving millions of pounds. FSEG is based within the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities.

The university's role in helping African farmers out of poverty is featured in the third case study. Research carried out by the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) is transforming the tropical root crop, cassava, into safe, cheap and valued products for food and industrial use in Africa. The C:AVA (Cassava: Adding Value for Africa) project is being run with in partnership with a wide range of organisations in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi, and has already benefitted nearly 100,000 smallholder farmers. NRI is part of the Faculty of Engineering & Science.

Professor Tom Barnes, the university's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise), says: "We're delighted to be given this opportunity to demonstrate some of the excellent research happening in our university to a wide audience. Greenwich has a deep-seated commitment to research carried out for the benefit of society, and this also underpins our excellent standards of teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level."

As part of the launch of the project, University Alliance is staging an exhibition today bringing together business and university leaders, Parliamentarians and researchers with the aim of promoting UK science and innovation. This takes place between 5.30pm and 7.30pm at London's Royal Institution.

The work in helping African farmers also forms part of a new booklet produced by University Alliance called Real World Impact. A new kind of excellence in science and innovation.

The impact case studies are featured on the University Alliance website at www.unialliance.ac.uk/research

To find out more about how the University of Greenwich's research can help your business and provide access to world-leading expertise, see the Greenwich Research & Enterprise site at http://enterprise.gre.ac.uk/

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