Public & Media Impacts Arising from Particle Physics Research at Manchester

    Impact: Economic, Technological


    Research in particle physics at Manchester has impacted on the public understanding and appreciation of science around the world by underpinning the hugely successful media impact of Professor Brian Cox, which in turn has had a strong influence on societal views of science. Audiences in their millions have been reached, especially through Cox’s work on television and, with Forshaw, the writing of several best-selling books. These efforts have helped people to understand, appreciate and enjoy science, and have inspired young people to study science at school and university, contributing to a 52% rise in applications to study physics at university.
    Impact date2014
    Category of impactEconomic, Technological
    Impact levelBenefit