Case studies

Find out more about some of the work completed by Leicester academics funded by the University's Prospects and Proof of Concept awards.

Tackling hate crime

Hate crime CPDThe Centre for Hate Studies was given a Prospects award to develop a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme of hate crime training. This funding helped build a stronger understanding of the potential market and professional bodies.

The CPD workshops cover numerous themes including Disability Hate Crime, Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crime, and Engaging with Diverse Communities.

  • £5,300 Prospects award
  • Workshops attended by the Crown Prosecution Service, police, government officials, local authorities and the NHS
  • 15 workshops delivered in 2015

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Wound healing and scarring

More than one hundred million patients in the developed world heal with a scar every year as a result of surgical procedures, trauma or burn injuries.

Research at Leicester revealed that salbutamol improves the formation and healing of scars when applied topically. However, to make the leap from the lab to clinical trials a number of business questions needed to be addressed including an assessment of market need and the regulatory pathway.

  • £15,000 Proof of Concept award
  • Clear patient need and a substantial market for the product demonstrated
  • Led to a successful applications to the MRC for a £2.3million Biomedical Catalyst award

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Scene of Crime App

The revolutionary Scene of Crime App indexes samples, attaches photos, creates labels and communicates with central databases in real-time to generate crime reports. It automates an otherwise time-consuming process, removing the duplication of work and reducing the chance of errors.

  • Awarded a total of £27,748 from the Prospects and Proof of Concepts funds over a two-year period
  • Prototype developed and ready to start trials
  • Listed in the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills top ten technologies

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