Impact stories

Explore practical examples of our research impact through a range of stories about recent projects at the University.

Pioneering research at Surrey is bringing direct, positive benefits to society across multiple sectors, including health, communications, business and the environment.

Here are just some of the examples of the diverse impact Surrey’s research has generated and continues to develop locally, nationally and internationally. The stories are divided by the University’s key Grand Challenges.

Science delivering global wellbeing

Transforming radiotherapy delivery

With over 120,000 cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment every year in the UK, the ability to predict the demand for radiotherapy is an important factor in the smooth running of NHS trusts.

Innovative health services for dementia patients

Surrey is driving forward its Engineering for Health agenda with a cross-faculty, multi-partner collaboration to deliver new, innovative health services for dementia patients.

Blue light and human attentiveness

Disruption of our circadian rhythms due to genetic or environmental cues results in reduced quality of life and increased morbidity for millions of people every year.

Sustainable cities, communities and economies

Disaster monitoring from space

The Surrey Space Centre is a world leader in space engineering and its research is having far-reaching consequences. One striking example of its achievements is the launch of the first international satellite constellation dedicated to monitoring disasters worldwide.

Sustainable solutions for the low-energy production of fresh water

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) predicts that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in areas of absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world's population will live in water-stressed areas.

Prosperity without growth – the key to a sustainable future?

The Centre for Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) launched its multidisciplinary programme at the start of 2016 to explore the complex relationship between the prosperity of human beings and the ecological resource constraints of a finite planet.

Connecting societies and cultures

Pioneering electronic voting systems

Historically, paper-based voting has been the standard for democratic elections. However, the UK’s commission on digital democracy evidences recent shifts in this area. The University of Surrey has taken a pioneering role in this field by creating and implementing the world’s first verifiable e-voting system.

Mobile digital storytelling for rural developing communities

Despite the rapid progress of digital communications in the last few decades, access to new media forms in rural and developing areas remains limited. Research at the Digital World Centre (DWRC) at Surrey explores how audio-visual technologies can improve problems of the global digital divide.

The limitless possibilities of 5G technology

The 5G Innovation Centre brings together leading academic experts and key industry partners, including Telefonica, Vodafone, regional SMEs and the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership.