Blog: #MadeAtUni campaign, celebrating Welsh universities, the nation’s life savers

In this week’s blog, Rebecca Taylor, introduces the next phase of the #MadeAtUni campaign, celebrating Welsh universities, the nation’s life savers.  

As you may have seen in the news, this week saw the launch of phase 2 of #MadeAtUni.

The campaign shines a spotlight on the wonderful and often unexpected work going on every day in our universities and celebrates the people working to make a life-changing differences.

Research taking place in our universities is finding solutions to major health and wellbeing issues. Across Wales, universities are working on remarkable innovations, cures, and treatments which transform and save lives, in Wales and across the world.

As part of the campaign, universities up and down the UK have been invited to nominate an individual or a group who, either by working in or with the university, have made an exceptional contribution to health or wellbeing.

The stories and projects featured from Welsh universities tell a compelling story about the collective contribution of our universities.

Some Welsh universities were singled out for their pioneering use of technology. Aberystwyth University, for example, are using drones in the global fight against malaria and the University of South Wales created Resource Buddy, a novel online resource for learning disability carers and nurses.

Welsh universities were also recognised for their outstanding contributions in heath research. Bangor University’s School of Healthcare Sciences, is helping to improve the lives of people living with dementia while the University of Wales Trinity Saint David is leading the way in the use of manufacturing technologies to develop products to help people with Parkinson’s disease to walk without falling. And, it’s not just in humans who are benefitting, Cardiff Metropolitan University is helping to understand why cardiac disease is such a major contributor to the death of great apes.

In partnership with charities, the NHS and healthcare organisations, Welsh universities are responsible for revolutionising the delivery of care. Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s case study demonstrates how they partner with the 2025 Movement to tackle avoidable health and housing inequalities by 2025 in North Wales. Swansea University is conducting research to find out why the UK has the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world, and Cardiff University is working to improving eye care in children with Down’s syndrome.

You can read full details about all these incredible projects here.

If you have a chance, take a look at the MadeAtUni campaign website. I’m sure you’ll agree, this is a great opportunity to celebrate the many ways in which Welsh universities are having a significant impact on our everyday lives. So, please do share the campaign on your social media – #MadeAtUni – and help us get these inspiring stories seen by as many people as possible.