We’ve maximised the impact of several incredible studies
Pixelshrink Digital Impact has been working with university-based projects from day one, and we’re passionate about demystifying academic research and making it more accessible.
We’ve been proud to have been involved with some ground-breaking research projects, which are really making a difference to people’s lives.
Some of the projects we’ve worked on are aiming to:
- save carbon emissions and energy usage
- help people living with dementia benefit from technology
- support people’s mental health
Let’s find out a bit more about them and why they’ve been winning awards.
- ‘Special commendation’ in the 2021 UK Trial Manager of the Year Awards
- Featured on BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind
The NEON Project is finding out whether having online access to people’s real-life stories of recovery from mental ill health can be helpful for people experiencing psychosis or other mental health problems and their carers.
Firstly the project developed a good understanding about what a recovery story is, how recovery stories make an impact, and how to collect and present these stories. Many recovery stories were collected, particularly from those whose voices are not often heard by mainstream cultures. Subsequently, the project is testing whether people benefit from viewing, hearing and reading these recovery stories.
The UK Trial Manager’s Network supports the development of a well-trained, highly motivated, effective workforce of trial managers (someone who has responsibility for the day-to-day management of a clinical trial). Stefan Rennick-Egglestone, a member of the Recovery Research Team who is responsible for the NEON study, received the ‘special commendation’ in the 2021 UK Trial Manager of the Year Awards.
Project SCENe looks to accelerate the adoption of Community Energy Systems, a different way of generating and supplying locally generated heat and electricity to homes and commercial buildings. These reduce cost and increase efficiency and stability of UK power networks. Most of the necessary technologies are available but they are too expensive for consumers to invest in themselves and the business model is not in place that shows companies how they will make a return, so the project takes a blank canvas of a new housing development to explore the technology.
SCENe generates its own renewable energy from the homes’ solar panels. These feed Europe’s largest community battery, supplied by Tesla, that stores power locally and is connected to the national grid. Monitoring systems tell occupants how much energy they’re using.
The project won the Energy & Environment category in The Engineer magazine’s 2019 Collaborate To Innovate (C2I) awards. These were launched to uncover and celebrate great examples of engineering collaboration – a dynamic critical to addressing many of the challenges and problems faced by society.
- Winner of Champions of European Research Award, by Enterprise Ireland, presented by Irish President
The TURaS (Transitioning towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability) Project aimed to enable European cities and the surrounding rural areas to build resilience in the face of significant sustainability challenges.
The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins presented special awards to academic researchers in recognition of their projects which were ranked 1st in Europe in their research areas. The TURaS project was ranked 1st in Sustainable and Resilient Green Cities in the Environment area, and the award was presented to project leader Dr Louise Dunne.
One of the project’s innovations was a prototype of the Meadows Timeline, a unique interactive application which combines a map and a timeline to display a community’s history. This website is now run by Green Meadows and Nottingham Energy Partnership.
- Pixelshrink developed the Meadows Timeline/Nottingham Timeline local history application for the project.
Could your website be the next award winner?
Pixelshrink has established a distributed team of experts who love bridging the gap between research projects and their audiences, through innovative methods of engagement and presentation of complex data. We’re primed to get your research project online quickly, and allow it to grow organically as the project develops.