Using electric shockwaves for effective treatment of severe tendon injuries
Developing new materials to transform waste heat into useful electrical energy
Creating ‘nano-generators’ that transform sound into power
Using sophisticated motion-capture technology for diverse applications
Computer scientists improve decision-making in the treatment of trauma
Dr Masood Rehman is exploring the effect of radio frequencies on humans
Dr Mark Walters worked with IBM to improve the performance of large databases
ImpactQM is creating a new generation of science and engineering professional – one who is equally at home in both academia and in industry.
A unique £2.9 million EPSRC-funded project, designed and hosted by Queen Mary, ImpactQM has made a fundamental difference to the way universities, government and companies look at the impact of world-class science and technology research.
The impact of academic research on society is under new scrutiny as public expenditure is squeezed and value for money becomes more important. ‘Knowledge transfer and exchange’ is embedded in the mainstream of higher education. But achievement of robust sustainability and effectiveness of transfer of know-how – actual impact on innovation and growth in industry sectors – remains a key question.
ImpactQM was designed to explore, develop and deliver answers to this question. It is a Knowledge Transfer Account (KTA) – the only one awarded by EPSRC to a university in London – a special scheme to ensure that funded research is fully exploited, as well as contributing to the creation of a culture of knowledge transfer.
ImpactQM consists of a portfolio of projects aimed at the development of young researchers, this includes:
Collaborative Research Ventures for PhD students
PhD students receive mentoring and training to help them locate fully-funded internship opportunities. Students build on their academic learning and acquire valuable experience. Around 70 students have taken up opportunities since 2009, and several have gone on to secure full-time employment. Hear more about our student's experiences
Academic research partnerships with industry
Academics have struck up successful partnerships with industry partners, opening up exciting opportunities for knowledge transfer and exchange. Academics apply research expertise in real-world situations, playing an important part in developing new products and solutions. The case studies on this page offer a taste of some recent activity.
What’s next for ImpactQM?
Launched in 2009, ImpactQM has made possible a great number of successful projects. These have established strong links between industry and academia, and helped to built a network of academics, senior stakeholders and professionals from the worlds of industry, public policy and funding bodies.