In the fifth of six special Diamond Jubilee features celebrating research at Canterbury Christ Church University, we look at the impact of our research and how it is being used in practice. 

Impact can be defined as "an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia”.


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Research Impact

Research conducted by Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU)’s academics, research centres and research groups has been having national and international impact for decades. Our work impacts directly on the world-from the environment, and social and healthcare practices and policies to politics and the economy.
of our impact case studies

which tell the story of the extent of our impact - have been recognised as World Leading and Internationally Excellent

Icons representing economy, health, policy, environment and society
Our research impacts various sectors.
of our research

is classified as having either cultural or societal impact and this is a result of our strong commitment to contributing to local communities. We are proud of our deeply rooted connections in Kent and Medway and our rapidly growing connections across the region.

Cultural Impact

Our research has uncovered and told stories with significant cultural impact - not only within the region or the country, but also internationally.
The town of Folkestone looking back from the harbour.
'A Town Unearthed: Folkestone Before 1500' (ATU) (2010-2013) project impact has centred on preserving, creating and interpreting cultural capital; engaging and developing local associations; creating new audiences; influencing policies towards heritage, and challenging assumptions about the history of Folkestone.

Environmental Impact

Our environmental research has had real-world, practical applications in high-profile settings
A student studying a row of small plants in pots.
Work at CCCU has allowed the provision of a suitable, sustainable control of armoured scale insects in UK glasshouses where previously none existed.
A close-up of a black and white ladybird on a leaf.
The project, ‘Optimising the use of the ladybird Chilocorus nigritus (F.) as a Bio-Control Agent (BCA)', has informed the use of the species internationally.
The gardens with blooming flowers outside of the large glasshouse at Kew Gardens.
Biocontrol trials at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (2009-2010) directly resulted in changes to how Kew handles release of the Bio-Control Agents (BCA).

Health Impact

Research has shown that arts-based interventions such as singing and dance improve health outcomes and life experiences for those with dementia and respiratory conditions.
30,000 patients across the UK
have had their lives improved or enhanced
by our health research.

Societal Impact

Canterbury Christ Church's work in the health, sports and humanities sectors has wider implications for society, with our work affecting over a million people across the UK.
£13.5m government funding and
1,101,000 more active young people
secured thanks to Centre for Sport, Physical Education and Activity research on the Change 4 Life school sport clubs programme.
Baby Room Research Project
led to local authority policy changes in two UK counties
new, specialist training opportunities for baby room professionals and changes in practice within ECEC settings.
4700 schools in the UK and abroad
now take an inclusive approach to Christian education
thanks to changes in education policy informed by the National Institute for Christian Education Research, with several denominations influenced in the UK, USA, Australia and beyond.

Impact on Policy

Perinatal Physical Activity Research Group at CCCU has directly led to development of new pre-qualification and in-service training for doctors, midwives and other health professionals (including exercise professionals) regarding perinatal physical activity.
National guidelines for physical activity for women after childbirth
Adopted by the UK Chief Medical Officer

Legal and Political Impact.

Research at CCCU led to the legislation of Uganda’s Investment Code Act 2019 with obligations for companies that are licensed to exploit scarce resources to protect the environment. 

It was through this research that a number of stakeholders in Uganda including the Uganda Law Reform Commission, the Uganda Investment Authority, the Ministry of Health, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the East African Community, the IGAD and the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development, engaged Dr Nyombi (Reader at CCCU) to support legislative reform in a bid to boost trade and investment in Uganda.

Uganda UK Health Alliance

60 years in 60 seconds: Diamond Jubilee vlogs.

To celebrate the CCCU Diamond Jubilee, we challenged six of our research leaders to tell us about the legacy of our research in just 60 seconds. These will be uploaded sequentially as they are produced so check back regularly for new ones!