Strategy and Examples

The School of Biological Sciences (SBS) has built upon the past research and impact activities to develop its future plans for impact, looking forward to REF 2020 and beyond. A significant part of our future strategy will be focused around the work we will do for the University's submission to the BBSRC's Excellence with Impact competition, building on the learning that has been gained through the development of our case studies for REF2014. The SBS has set out its own impact strategy, based on five key activities:

  1. Embed impact within the SBS operations
  2. Improve impact knowledge and awareness
  3. Long term goal planning
  4. Engage with key stakeholders
  5. Develop a roadmap for impact

Examples of ongoing development of impact are described below.

In Ecology, Professor Richard Sibly will influence policy-decisions based on his models to predict animal vulnerability (e.g. birds) to pesticides while Dr. Phil Baker aims to use his research on urban mammals and birds to influence human interactions and conserve animal populations.

In Evolution, Dr. Julie Hawkins uses phylogenetics to identify plant species that are rich in bioactive compounds for exploitation and biotechnological development, while Dr. Louise Johnson studies the evolution of genomes to prevent transgene escape from GMOs into the environment.

In Microbiology, Dr. Ben Neuman is developing novel peptide-conjugated phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligomers (PPMO) drugs to prevent replication and spread of deadly viral diseases like Lassa Fever, while Professor Ian Jones aims to develop novel vaccines and vaccine delivery systems.

In Molecular & Cellular Medicine, Dr. Keith Foster is developing gene therapy approaches to improve genetic diseases in humans while Professor Ketan Patel is aiming to alleviate muscle wasting diseases.




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