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Thomas Ashton Institute for Risk and Regulatory Research

News and events

Read about the most recent activities from the Institute and find out more about our upcoming events, including our programme of seminars and workshops.

Annual lane lecture: Long-COVID - should this be in the occupational disease fast lane? Dr Lesley Rushton
5 October 2021
Registration is open for this years Lane Lecture: Long-COVID - should this be in the occupational disease fast lane?

New publications from the Thomas Ashton Institute for Risk and Regulation
17 September 2021
New publications from the Thomas Ashton Institute for Risk and Regulation

Keeping the UK building safely: PROTECT report examines sector’s COVID-19 response
8 September 2021
A report published today as part of the PROTECT COVID-19 National Core Study on transmission and environment assesses the UK construction sector’s efforts to build ‘COVID-secure’ workplaces

COVID-19 search system demonstrated by Professor Sophia Ananiadou, Director of the National Centre for Text Mining
10 June 2021
The search system aims to facilitate navigation of the scientific literature related to various aspects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Stressing so much that defects don't matter
1 June 2021
Wouldn’t it be marvellous to live in world where we knew that matter had a single strength so that response could be predicted precisely and damage could be avoided?

Webinar: How to build a resilient world post-pandemic
1 June 2021
COVID-19 has presented the most challenging healthcare and societal challenge in living memory. The pandemic has coincided with extreme environmental change leading to wild-fires, flooding and marine extinctions.

Inaugural Thomas Ashton Institute lecture - 21 April 2021
23 April 2021
First annual Thomas Ashton Institute lecture

Keeping the UK Building Safely - KUBS
9 February 2021
The Thomas Ashton Institute is working with stakeholders from the construction industry to deliver a scoping review and a proposal for a research programme that will build a bio secure construction sector.

Fire, explosion, flood and pestilence: how to build a resilient world post-pandemic
12 February 2021
Professor Neil Bourne, MACE, is presenting the first talk, hosted by the Institute of Physics, in a series from experts within the field of high strain-rate pressure phenomena.

HSE Health Science Framework
8 July 2020
The University of Manchester has been named as a preferred supplier for the HSE as part of its Health Science Framework.

Annual Lane Lecture 2020: Droplets and aerosols – the complex physics of respiratory disease transmission, Professor Cath Noakes
27 October 2020
Annual Lane Lecture 2020 Professor Cath Noakes, Droplets and aerosols – the complex physics of respiratory disease transmission

Thomas Ashton Covid-19 Response Group
8 July 2020
How the Thomas Ashton Institute has responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Award Winning Research from the Thomas Ashton Institute
26 May 2021
Bill Collinge, Karim Ibrahim, Mogjan Hadi Moselh, Patrick Manu and Clara Cheung won the buildingSMART International Award for Professional Research 2020, with their novel construction sector risk safety tool.

Publication highlights
30 June 2020
Publication highlights

Development of a new digital health and safety risk tool
8 July 2020
Dr Bill Collinge, has led the team (Dr Clara Cheung , Dr Mojgan Hadi Mosleh , Dr Patrick Manu, Dr Karim Ibrahim) on the Discovering Safety Programme Project BIM Safety Risk Library for Construction.

Thomas Ashton Institute awarded Health Science framework projects
26 May 2021
Researchers from the Thomas Ashton Institute have recently completed projects under a Health Science Framework.

Study to research role of delivery workers in preventing COVID-19 transmission
8 July 2020
Study to research role of delivery workers in preventing COVID-19 transmission

COVID-19 Secure and Biosafe Air Transport (COSBAT)
8 July 2020
COVID-19 Secure and Biosafe Air Transport (COSBAT) is a multi-university proposal with University of Cranfield and draws from expertise across the faculties at The University of Manchester, TAI and HSE.

Keeping the UK Working Safely (KUWS)
8 July 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed new risks in the workplace and severe challenges for particular sectors

Investigating the application of virtual technologies on safety training
8 July 2020
Investigating the application of virtual technologies on safety training

Jobs at The University of Manchester
30 June 2020
Research Associate - BIM Safety Risk Library for Construction

CDSD Conference Associated Chair - Dr Clara Cheung
30 June 2020
Dr Clara Cheung, theme lead for Safer Infrastructures will be the Associated Chair to organise the Construction Digitalisation for Sustainable Development (CDSD) 2020 Conference

ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering
30 June 2020
Dr Clara Cheung will be the guest Chief Editor of the ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering for a special issue entitled 'Leadership and Employee Well-being in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (A/E/C) industry'

Outstanding Book Award
30 June 2020
Taylor and Francis 2019 Outstanding Monograph Engineering Award Winner: Construction Health and Safety in Developing Countries

Integrity and Risk in Additively-Manufactured Components
9 March 2020
Additive manufacturing (AM) is set to revolutionise production chains and reduce costs across several industrial sectors including nuclear, oil and gas, power, petrochemical and medical devices.

TAI secures funds from Tyndall Centre for COMAH Project
17 March 2020
The institute has been able to secure funding from the prestigious Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Semantic annotation for improved safety in construction work
12 February 2020
First joint publication for text mining work - Semantic annotation for improved safety in construction work

Hydrogen, CCSU, Oil and Gas Seminar
19 December 2019
In early November, the institute hosted the first in a series of energy seminars.

Reducing Risks to Personnel during Integrity Management Interventions on Offshore Wind Energy Facilities
19 December 2019
Our recent workshop on Reducing Risks to Personnel during Integrity Management Interventions on Offshore Wind Energy Facilities was a great success with input from both academia and industry

Industrial application case scenario (risk, exposure, hazard related to graphene based materials)
19 December 2019
TAI Staff attend interactive workshop at the Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre

Automation, Fatality and Human Ingenuity; Innovations with Fatal Consequences
23 September 2019
Automation, Fatality and Human Ingenuity; Innovations with Fatal Consequences

Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing
23 September 2019
The Institute has close links with Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA).

Register for new SaRS Webinars
23 September 2019
The Safety and Reliability Society has produced a series of new webinars that are available now for registration - live webinars are open to members and non-members.

Stakeholder workshop on health and safety performance in the cement industry
5 September 2019
The Hazards in Cement Industries workshop focused on discussing health and safety data in Nigeria and the UK and sharing good practice.

Discovering Safety Launch
26 June 2019
The official launch of the ambitious Discovering Safety programme was held on the 26 June 2019 at Lloyd’s Register building in London.

TAI hosts professional drivers workshop on sleep disturbance and shift work
5 June 2019
The workshop brought together experts to explore opportunities for innovation in data collection, data analysis and data insights.

Thomas Ashton Institute to host 2018 Lane Lecture and Symposium
31 October 2018
Registration is now open for the 2018 Lane Lecture and Symposium, which will focus on occupational health and takes place on Tuesday 6 November.

Thomas Ashton Institute hosts safer structures workshop
19 June 2018
The workshop helped identify opportunities for the Institute to make a difference with leading research.

Occupational health reporting and surveillance event hosted by Thomas Ashton Institute
4 April 2018
The workshop brought together experts to explore opportunities for innovation in data collection, data analysis and data insights.