Impact is central to the mission of the University of Cambridge. For over 800 years, we have contributed to society through education, learning and research at the highest levels of international excellence. Our world-leading research underpins a huge range of innovations which create prosperity, improve quality of life, protect the environment and enrich our culture.

Here we present a selection of case studies to show how Cambridge research has changed the world.

Taking the Long View

By bringing together leading experts in law and energy policy in an innovative workshop at Cambridge, Simon Deakin and David Howarth have generated new insight and stimulated debate on one of the most significant PFI‐style deals in UK history.

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Biobullets

By developing BioBullets – an elegant and environmentally-sensitive way of controlling one of the world's most invasive freshwater pests – University of Cambridge scientists will help utility companies save millions of pounds.

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The Power of Pits

Thanks to the groundbreaking Higher Education Field Academy, thousands of secondary school students have been inspired to aim higher by Cambridge archaeologists.

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Lighting the Future

Using technology developed by Cambridge researchers, British manufacturer Plessey Semiconductors is racing to be the first company to make affordable energy efficient LEDs for home lighting.

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Energy market regulation

Research from Cambridge Judge Business School’s Dr Michael Pollitt and Dr Stephen Littlechild has been instrumental in developing a new system of regulation which encourages engagement with customers.

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Biosensor boost for diabetics

Thanks to her innovative research on electrochemical sensors and the Institute of Biotechnology’s entrepreneurial approach, Professor Lisa Hall’s team have helped revolutionise the way diabetics monitor their blood glucose.

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Lighting up virtual worlds

By taking a branch of mathematics more often associated with astrophysics and applying it to computer gaming, Cambridge researchers have transformed how games are lit, and their spinout company Geomerics has now been acquired by ARM.

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