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

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

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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