The Center at the University of Cambridge undertakes research to create knowledge, understanding, methods and tools that will contribute to improving the design process. This will be achieved through: innovative fundamental and applied research; knowledge transfer via education, training, publications and industrial collaboration; and promotion of the importance and benefits of engineering design in the UK.
Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.