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Showing 20 articles, in Driving future economies

29 November 2021

How we’re helping charities support more people than ever

Our research has changed the way charities in the UK file their accounts. The new process has saved almost £40 million in admin — money which now goes to the people who need it most.


04 August 2021

How to open up university to more people from disadvantaged backgrounds

How effective are widening participation schemes, designed to encourage students from under-represented groups to apply for university?


27 July 2021

How a new way of doing business is building a fairer society

Our researchers are behind a new business model that shares wealth and power more fairly — and creates a better society for us all.


24 June 2021

Turning the tide on water poverty

Our research is helping the water industry rebuild trust and reduce bills for struggling households.


24 March 2021

Helping global sports events think local

Our researchers have devised a way to measure the economic and social impacts of sports events — and their method is being used from Wimbledon to the London Marathon.


19 November 2020

The problem with online shopping

Covid-19 has made online shopping a necessity. But when you change your mind and return a product, the real cost is much more than the postage.


24 July 2020 | 2 minutes

Supporting farmers at the front line of climate change

Farming communities in West Bengal bear the brunt of the climate emergency. We worked with them on a scheme to better protect their livelihoods.


12 March 2020

Robotics for children with special needs

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are being supported during clinical appointments by robots, developed in a partnership between the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC), Sheffield Children's Hospital and the Children's Hospital Charity.


24 June 2019

How ash could hold the key to tackling the climate crisis

Current glass-making techniques emit a huge amount of CO2. Professor Paul Bingham's research team has found a cleaner way.


16 May 2019

Why 'energy invisibility' matters – and how we could cure it

Dr Aimee Ambrose introduces her research into home heating habits, and explains how a new public engagement model could help bring climate and energy issues to life


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