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Case studies

Helping hearing impaired people in Kenya

In February this year, Dr Cherilee Rutherford (UCL Ear Institute) visited the University of Nairobi (UoN) at the invitation of Sound Seekers – a hearing healthcare charity dedicated to helping hearing impaired children and adults in the poorest communities of the developing world.

The charity sponsors a few students each year to study the audiology diploma course at UoN and, following some student feedback, it approached Dr Rutherford to see if she could help review the curriculum.

Harnessing data to solve real-world problems

Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith (Director, UCL Centre for Spatial Analysis), won the 2014 UCL Provost's Spirit of Enterprise Award. 

Andy has a long and hugely successful track-record in engaging in non-standard academic activities with and for those outside of academia. He has produced or contributed to various apps, websites and software that permit both engagement and insight into the world of data. 

He was in the vanguard of the 'internet of things' and his work with organisations such as Oxfam, the Church of England, Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Future Cities Catapult demonstrate his desire to make a difference.