29 Jun The difference Essex research is making on people’s everyday lives celebrated
The difference University of Essex research is making on people’s everyday lives was celebrated at the university’s annual Research Impact Awards.
This year’s event was bigger than ever before – around 90 people attended and there were 21 short-listed projects in eight categories. Many of the projects highlighted the different ways we are helping local, national and international governments provide better services while being more efficient.
This included the use of EUROMOD, the Essex-developed system which allows governments to use the latest tax and benefits information to assess the potential impact of policy changes before they are implemented; the Catalyst Project, which is helping Essex and Suffolk county councils to target services where they are needed most; and a project to redesign health and social care services in Essex to provide better services to an aging population, with increasingly complex needs.
Other projects included work on improving the lives of refugees and military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; on tackling the Mafia in Australia and the invention of a microscope which allows scientists to observe the smallest organisms without damaging what they are looking at, and a device to help opticians use coloured lenses to improve vision.