Today, Welsh universities have been recognised for their exceptional contribution to keeping the nation healthy.


Welsh research staff responsible for using tech to help Parkinson sufferers, using drones to fight malaria, offering eye care for children with Down’s syndrome, and providing services for people living with dementia are among those named as the Nation’s Lifesavers.


The Nation’s Lifesavers are the top 100 individuals or groups based in universities across the UK whose work is saving lives and making a life-changing difference to our health and wellbeing. They have been named for the first time today as part of the MadeAtUni campaign, which brings to life the impact of universities on families, communities and wider society. 


Universities were invited to nominate an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the nation’s health and wellbeing. The selection of nominations from Welsh universities reveals how the nation’s universities are fighting diseases, helping new parents and children, supporting older people, and improving our mental health and wellbeing.


Stories of the Nation’s Lifesavers highlight how the value of universities stretches far beyond the educational opportunities and economic impact they provide.


Whether you attended university or not, the likelihood is that everyone has directly or indirectly benefited from medical advances or health and wellbeing developments pioneered at university. 


Professor Julie Lydon OBE, Chair of Universities Wales, said:


“The MadeAtUni campaign is an excellent opportunity to celebrate Welsh universities remarkable contribution to the nation’s health and wellbeing. University research transforms and saves lives, locally, nationally, and internationally.


“Thanks to the pioneering research taking place in our universities, new solutions, cures, breakthroughs, and treatments are being developed.


“In collaboration with charities, the NHS and healthcare organisations, universities have transformed the provision of care and are responsible for some of our biggest health innovations”.


More information on the campaign can be found on the dedicated website: