Research impact

Our researchers address some of the complex challenges facing the world today. We work with experts from other fields – and communities themselves - to help achieve real improvements on the ground.

Some of our projects have also contributed to national policy changes. The research reflects our core values as a University and our commitment to transforming people, the places where they live and wider society.

Examples of our case studies include:

  • Tackling environmental inequality by showing that people who live in deprived areas disproportionately experience poor air quality and are at greater risk of their homes being flooded. Professor Jon Fairburn has worked with government agencies and the World Health Organisation to bring about real change.
  • Transforming Stoke-on-Trent’s disused Portland Inn into a community space and social enterprise, testing the role of culture and creativity in driving community-led change. Associate Professor and artist Anna Francis has also been supporting residents to create a 100-year plan for their area.
  • Little is known about the fate of millions of people persecuted by the Nazis or what happened to their remains. Professor Caroline Sturdy Colls has shed light on this through her research, using forensic archaeological methods to identify, study and protect Holocaust sites.

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Our research goes beyond experiments in the laboratory. We apply our findings to influence policies and practice.
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Biomechanics researcher

The Research, Innovation and Impact Services team can provide information about all aspects of research at Staffordshire University.

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021