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The impact of our research

Overcoming childhood deafness


Research for profoundly deaf children by the Auditory Perception and Hearing Health Care Research Group shows that two cochlear implants lead to better skills in spatial listening than does one cochlear implant, and that the additional benefits are probably large enough to justify the additional cost of the second implant. These results contributed to the decision by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to recommend that young deaf children receive two cochlear implants rather than one.

Promoting good reading

Child reading


Research for children with reading difficulties shows that the reading and spelling problems of dyslexics are related to deficits in phonological language skills. These results contributed to the recommendation of the Independent Review of the Teaching of Early Reading commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills of the importance of high-quality phonics work.

Monitoring Offenders

Research on the risk behaviour of offenders who have committed serious violent and/or sexual offences shows that their behaviour in prison can be a strong indicator of future re-offending if released. This has led to national government guidance on prison behaviour monitoring as a means of assessing and managing risk of serious harm in order to protect the public.

Improving the sensitivity of MRI

We are working on a new technology that could revolutionise the way in which Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans are used to view the molecular events behind diseases like Alzheimer’s, without any invasive procedures, by increasing the sensitivity of an average hospital scanner by 200,000 times. We have developed a method to increase the signal that comes from the 'spin' of atomic nuclei in a wide range of biological molecules.