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Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable (Built) Environments (UPRISE)

Welcome to UPRISE

Globally, the urban built environment is becoming the predominate form for living and working. UPRISE is a multi-disciplinary research centre that looks to identify, articulate and address the challenges that cities present in the 21st Century. UPRISE works across a range of subject areas to identify how we might design, deliver and experience cities differently, considering issues that impact at both the local and global level. This work covers hard technical work, such as our work in BIM, simulation, smart and connected homes and energy, to wider questions of how we create a resilient city in the face of climate change. New ideas and approaches require new skills from industry;

we work with construction companies to look at new modes of delivery and support the development of the professions to meet these new requirements. UPRISE reflects the complexity of the questions that are posed for the urban built environment. 

UPRISE works with industry, local and national government and the third sector – recognising for research to have impact it must be driven by collaboration with all stakeholders to improve wellbeing for citizens, ensuring that cities can meet current and future needs. We work locally within Salford and Greater Manchester, as well as globally, providing a hub for shared ideas. Our specialist research centres are problem led and work with academics both within and outside the University to help shape our future cities.

Latest news

Fri 11 May 2018

According to Fast Track Impact’s calculations (see: http://www.fasttrackimpact.com/single-post/2017/02/01/How-much-was-an-impact-case-study-worth-in-the-UK-Research-Excellence-Framework for further details), the best impact submissions to REF2014, i.e. those achieving a 4* star narrative case study, had a currency exchange of some £324,000 (£46,300 per year between 2015/16-2021/22). By contrast, a 4* research output was typically valued at between £5,000-£25,000. Generally speaking, impact case studies […]

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Tue 10 Apr 2018

As the REF draws ever closer, thoughts are now turning to impact and how to ensure that the University’s research is demonstrating impact beyond academia and making a real difference in the wider world. This raises a number of questions about what constitutes impact and impact evidence, where this should be stored, when it should […]

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Wed 21 Mar 2018

One way of effectively demonstrating the impact that your research has had on your stakeholders is to collect testimonial evidence. This generally takes the form of a letter from a collaborator on headed paper, although e-mails are also acceptable. It can sometimes feel awkward to ask collaborators to write corroborating statements of this kind and […]

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Wed 21 Feb 2018

There is a growing body of opinion that holds that researchers have a responsibility to articulate the impact of their research to non-academic audiences. Indeed, the way in which research funding is allocated now increasingly reflects researchers’ ability to generate, demonstrate and evidence their impact. A renewed emphasis on the importance of both planning and evidencing […]

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Fri 5 Jan 2018

There is a growing body of opinion that holds that researchers have a responsibility to articulate the impact of their research to non-academic audiences. Indeed, the way in which research funding is allocated now increasingly reflects researchers’ ability to generate and demonstrate impact. A renewed emphasis on the importance of both planning and evidencing research […]

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Mon 5 Jun 2017

This project involves piloting innovative methods to understanding active travel inequalities. In collaboration with Colleen Donovan-Togo from St Clement’s Community Centre, Ordsall, Nick Davies organised a workshop in April which involved input from community members and practitioners from numerous organisations involved in the low-carbon travel agenda in Greater Manchester, including TGFM, Sustrans, Living Streets and […]

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