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.

Groupwork adds up to better maths teaching

Through innovative ‘micro-secondments’, education researchers at Cambridge have developed a new way of translating their findings on the benefits of groupwork to help primary school teachers improve the way they teach mathematics.

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Bangla Stories

A new website is helping schoolchildren to understand the complex reasons why people move between countries, and inspiring them to look into their own families’ stories.

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The York Mystery Plays in performance

Medieval Mystery Plays are brought vividly to life for modern audiences through research that sheds light on how the plays were originally performed and makes the text accessible to all.

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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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