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The email below was sent to the UK Parliament Science and Technology Select Committee on March 10th 2015.

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A request for research and financial fraud at a British University to be examined


A year later no response has been received.



Dear Science and Technology Select Committee members,

For the last twelve years I have been trying to expose a serious case of research and financial fraud at Manchester University that may have cost European pedestrian lives. Unfortunately the fraud is so embarrassing that nobody in the science establishment wants to know about it.

My MP Graham Brady has written two letters to the University in recent months, but when I last checked with him, there had been no response from the University. (As you can see, I am copying Mr Grady’s office into this email.)


This is a very complicated case with many layers of fraud. I will highlight a few of the key points relating to one branch of the fraud to give you a flavour of the problem. I will then provide links to three web pages where my evidence is published in detail.


·        In the nineteen nineties, the EU published a draft directive requiring all new motor vehicles sold in Europe after 2005 to be fitted with soft, pedestrian friendly bumpers. The car manufacturers were unhappy about this because they preferred stiff bumpers that would protect vehicle bodywork and keep insurance costs down.

·        I invented and patented a “smart” bumper technology that kept both parties happy by being soft for pedestrian impacts but stiff for impacts with other vehicles. This is known in the engineering literature as solving “the conflict of stiffness problem.”

·        The technology I invented is known as Shock Absorbing Liquid (SALi) Technology.

·        In the year 2000, a collaboration consisting of myself (trading as Cheshire Innovation), the Victoria University of Manchester and the Auto Division of Dow Chemicals obtained EPSRC/ Foresight Vehicle funding to build and test a car bumper according to my invention. This project was called the PedSALi Project and is referred to in Hansard at ttp://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200102/cmhansrd/vo011025/text/11025w18.htm 

·        Unfortunately the Principle Investigator for the University research was very unhappy about my pending fortune and fame. He threw a bagful of spanners into the works which ended in the project collapsing in failure.

·        The Principle Investigator et. al. at the University tricked the EPSRC into paying for the project in fill by creating false evidence that the PedSALi bumper was ineffective,

·        I complained to the University and EPSRC about the fraud and my MP, Graham Brady, took my complaints to the then Science Minister, Lord Sainsbury. But nobody wanted to know about it and the matter was buried.

·        Meanwhile, there was no other solution to the conflict of stiffness problem and the EU Commission watered down its pedestrian safety requirements.

·        In 2009 after my many letters of complaint to the University, a Formal Enquiry was held. The Enquiry Panel dismissed my allegations, but they were only able to do so by citing the findings a fictional “Technical Committee” that had supposedly investigated my complaints at an earlier date.

·        I produce detailed and verifiable evidence that this fictional “Technical Committee” could never have existed on one of the web pages listed below.

·        When the EU Commission abandoned its 2005 soft bumper requirements it did not entirely abandon them but proposed implementing them in 2012. With this delayed date in mind I worked with an engineer at Cardiff University, doing a low budget version of the bumper research. Our hope was that Cardiff University would be able to gain full EPSRC funding if the Formal Enquiry Panel finally exposed the Manchester University fraud.

·        But things did not turn out that way. The Manchester fraud was buried even deeper, Cardiff University was not granted EPSRC funds and Britain lost a second chance to make Europe’s roads safer.


I emphasise that PedSALi is just one part of the total fraud.


You will need to visit the following web pages to read the whole story.








I hope that your committee will display the moral courage lacked by other parties and finally examine my evidence in detail.


After spending my retirement saving on trying to develop SALi Technology in collaboration with Manchester University I finally ran out of funds and had to abandon my SALi patents. Nevertheless the technology is still valid. [For example Dr D. Brar of Home Care for You in the USA, www.HomeCareForYou.com is currently seeking funding in America to develop a hip pad for osteoporosis sufferers based on SALi Technology.]


So by exposing the truth, it may still be possible to attract funding to support SALi Technology development in the UK and hopefully save lives.


Yours sincerely,

Bill Courtney

Cheshire Innovation / Latent Power Turbines Ltd 
17 Vale Road, Timperley, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA15 7TQ, UK



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