St George’s, University of London cardiac research is featured as part of a nation-wide campaign that promotes the benefits of universities to UK society. The Made At Uni campaign, run by Universities UK (UUK), the organisation that represents UK universities, launched on 6 December and was developed in response to research into public perceptions of universities.

Prof Sanjay Sharma at Ernest Bevin Sports College

The aim of the ‘Made At Uni’ campaign is to shift perceptions of British universities by demonstrating their everyday impact on people’s lives.

Research commissioned by UUK found that 48% of adults in the UK think positively towards universities, with 31% neutral. Of those that are positive, however, only 11% are likely to advocate for universities because they have little idea of the benefits of universities beyond undergraduate teaching.

Professor of Cardiology Sanjay Sharma’s work with the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young is featured on the Made At Uni website.

This national heart screening programme aims at identifying electrical and structural defects that can lead to sudden death in young people. St George’s cardiac screening programme is the largest in the UK for individuals aged 14-35 years old, screening over 20,000 individuals each year.

Prof Sharma says, “I’m delighted that our cardiac research has been included as part of this nation-wide campaign. It’s great to be able to demonstrate to the public that our healthcare research can create a positive change in people’s lives.”

Lots of UK universities are taking part in the campaign, as the sector comes together to help promote the benefits of universities beyond providing education. Follow the campaign on social media by following #MadeAtUni and #MadeAtStGeorges on Twitter.