Battlefield injuries from conflicts like Afghanistan have driven innovation in the last years, and military veterans have been at the centre of pushing the boundaries of what can be done.

A group of them are using their injuries to ensure future generations benefit from advances in creating prosthetic limbs.

Strathclyde University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering is one of the country’s top institutions in developing prosthetics.


Among the volunteers is Geoff Ward, a former Royal Engineer, who lost a leg while serving in the Falklands in 1983.

"Working with students over a long period of time - I can advise what might suit me as a patient"

The students are learning how to construct sophisticated limbs to help amputees from both military and civilian backgrounds.

Another volunteer, former Royal Engineer, Eamon Lynch, is convinced that the veterans are playing are vital role.

  "I think its important to help these younger people reach their goal"