New microscope and Ion accelerator now operational
Huddersfield is now established as one of Europe’s leading centres for the use of ion beams as a tool for the investigation of issues, ranging from nuclear technology to the effects of radiation exposure on materials in space.
£4.5 million computer game investment to help reduce domestic violence
Researchers at Huddersfield have secured funding to develop a computer game. But it’s no ordinary game, as it tackles the issue of violence against women and children. They are working on a global scale, having forged close links with experts and campaigners in China, Jamaica, Pakistan and Uganda, as well as the UK.
Scientists at the University are the first to arrive at a deep understanding of a molecule that destroys cancerous tumours, without harming healthy cell tissue. The discovery opens up the potential for highly effective new cancer treatments that are free of serious side effects.
A five-year research project, led by Professor Michael Clarke, will lead to the development of new interactive software that enables music to be analysed starting from the sound, rather than studying from text. Experts who appraised the research proposal described it as 'ground-breaking', 'breathtakingly ambitious' and aiming for a 'revolution in the field of musical analysis'.
Now that the funding to UKRRIN has been announced, the IRR at Huddersfield will begin to acquire the new equipment it will need for a big expansion in its activities. This will be installed by early 2019, with the new Rolling Stock Innovation Centre opened later in that year.
Professor Simon Iwnicki
This major research is aimed at establishing the UK as a world leader in rail technology. Experts at the Institute of Railway Research, working with other universities and major manufacturers, will develop rolling stock that lasts longer, is more energy efficient and is less costly to maintain, leading to major environmental and economic gains.