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Case studies show how UK research contributes to global development

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CASE studies submitted by the Royal Veterinary College and by the University of Edinburgh and Scotland's Rural College have been selected by the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS) as among the top 20 ‘most impressive examples of UK research contributing to global development’. All 20 examples, the UKCDS says, ‘demonstrate just how important research is to inclusive, sustainable development’.

The UKCDS is a group of 14 UK government departments and research funders working in international development. To select the collection of 20 ‘favourite impact stories’, a judging panel reviewed a database of 6975 impact case studies submitted to the Research Excellence Framework in 2014. The case studies were then rewritten into engaging stories.

The RVC's case study was based on research to determine what factors cause avian influenza to spread and to identify geographic hot spots for infection. The UKCDS says that the work helped to improve understanding of avian influenza, while …

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