Universities UK has launched a new campaign aimed at celebrating “the transformational impact of UK universities.” Here’s a closer look at this exciting initiative.
“UK universities are at the forefront of some of the most exciting discoveries and pioneering changes of the last Century but many people think that all they do is teach. […] MadeAtUni is a new campaign to bring to life the impact of universities up and down the country on people, lives and communities,” its website explains.
Universities across the UK were invited to nominate one thing from their institution which they thought had the biggest impact on society. More than 100 universities entered submissions spanning health, technology, environment, family, community, and culture and sport.
Changing the World One Discovery At a Time
MadeAtUni’s findings are eye-opening. In the field of health, for example, UK universities have contributed everything from ultrasound scans which monitor the health of unborn babies to portable defibrillators. For community, meanwhile, they are helping kids thrive in school, developing person-centered research for dementia, and revolutionizing resources for the homeless.
The list goes on and on. The rotavirus vaccine, improved nurse and midwife training, MRI scans, penicillin, the development of the computer, optical fibers, the television, decreased cot death rates, “smart” baby buggies for the visually impaired, and the development of the living wage all track their origins or advancement to UK universities.
The hope is that this data makes the case for supporting the ongoing success and contributions of the UK’s higher education sector.
Universities UK president Professor Dame Janet Beer told Forbes, “Universities really do transform lives. The technology we use every day, the medicines that save lives, the teachers who inspire -- all come from UK universities and the important work being done by academics up and down the country.”