Written by Joanna Hughes

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.

Introducing MadeAtUni

“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.”

Joanna worked in higher education administration for many years at a leading research institution before becoming a full-time freelance writer. She lives in the beautiful White Mountains region of New Hampshire with her family.
By Joanna Hughes
June 21, 2019

Pursuing a PhD is an amazing opportunity, but also comes with many challenges, and the position of PhD students, in terms of finance, job prospects, a...

By Joanna Hughes
January 25, 2019

A recent report in The Standard highlights a new trend among Africans with international PhD degrees: while at one time most went on to pursue academi...

By Joanna Hughes
January 11, 2019

Podcasts have skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years. And while we mostly think of them in the context of entertainment, they are also aliv...