Bournemouth University’s (BU) research has been recognised as world-leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The REF assesses the quality and impact of research at all UK higher education… »
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Shaping the UK’s critical policy debate about regulation of accounting, auditing and corporate governance
Research into 2003/5 changes to UK accounting, auditing and corporate governance regulation found major flaws in the regime. By providing evidence and lobbying via other organisations, researchers have exposed these… »
BU’s software engineering research has focused on the improvement of software development methods with a particular emphasis on the ‘upstream’ or requirements phases. The benefits include improved development processes as… »
Bournemouth University’s (BU) research with Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust (SNHSFT) on Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) devices, particularly in application to dropped foot, has contributed to the treatment of over 5000 people in Salisbury; the sale of well over 10,000 FES devices worldwide; the establishment of the first NHS commercial company in England, Odstock Medical Limited (OML) in 2006; and a significant improvement in quality of life and increased participation in society for people with neurological disabilities.
Practice development: Facilitating positive cultural change in health and social care organisations.
Researchers developed a practice development framework for implementing and assessing the delivery of evidence-based practice in 82 UK health and social care units since 2008. Delivery has extended to cover entire NHS Trusts serving a resident population of over 3.5 million, social services departments and third sector organisations across the south of England and beyond.
Social work is about making a positive difference to the most vulnerable in society. Since 2008 BU’s research-based continuing professional development (CPD) programmes have improved practice for 6,170 health and social care professionals.
BU research by White focuses on the relationship between art, technology and culture. Exhibitions, workshops and presentations across the UK, Europe and in the USA have provoked societal reflection on critical topics such as genetics and germ warfare, among other controversial ethical issues.
Informing breastfeeding policy, guidelines and training.
Assessment and treatment of children and adults with face processing impairments
The Centre for Intellectual Property and Policy Management (CIPPM) is a multi-disciplinary research hub at BU. The ethos is bringing evidence-based, academic rigor to the regulation of intellectual property. Consequently the research has become an increasingly important resource to those involved in the legislative process.
In 2011 the National Centre for Computer Animation won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in recognition of its contribution to world-leading excellence and pioneering development in computer animation. An example of this industry-shaping work is the development of new techniques to produce and render higher quality 3D images, and specifically the motion blur effect.
Losing your way wastes time and money and causes stress and anxiety. The BU Wayfinding Research Centre (WRC) has developed a research-driven, evidence-based approach to this common problem. Researchers have translated wayfinding knowledge from laboratory research on navigation and icon interpretation, to a diverse range of private and public sector organisations including NHS hospitals, an international airport and a World Heritage Site.
Accurate public relations (PR) evaluation allows organisations to maximise use of resources and target efforts efficiently. Research by BU’s Professor Watson has exposed the once widely-used Advertising Value Equivalence (AVE) measure as methodologically faulty and has been instrumental in an industry-wide shift in PR evaluation practice.
Working with the National Trust, BU researchers have provided the evidence base to demonstrate visitors could enjoy properties without compromising aesthetic and historic integrity. This informed strategic decision making for the National Trust as they embarked on their ‘Forever for Everyone’ campaign to widen the appeal of heritage properties.
Impact on Maxwell Stamp PLC, its Government Clients and the Government of Azerbaijan.
Green tribology research collaboration between BU and the RNLI led to the redesign of slipway panels. This doubled their lifespan and enabled a switch from grease to a water lubrication system. In addition to safety and environmental benefits, this saves the charity £1 million over a 5 year term, allowing resources to be focused on lifesaving.
Modelling economic impact for national governments.
Evidence from forensic investigations of mass graves is used in legal and humanitarian contexts, provides evidence for prosecutions and aids in identification of missing persons. BU’s multidisciplinary research in forensic archaeology, anthropology and international law has informed and developed standards and universal policies for these investigations.
Human activities and manmade structures can negatively affect bird populations. Previously there was no robust method to quantify the impact. BU researchers have applied extensive behavioural research to develop unique computer modelling techniques. This has accurately predicted how human activities affect coastal birds in 35 sites in Europe and one in Australia.
Despite being a rich source of social, cultural and political history, radio archives are mostly inaccessible. Research by the Centre for Media History (CMH) at BU was the motivation behind a committee formed to raise awareness of the problem. The committee strongly supported the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to make their catalogue available to the public via the British Library (BL) and the research itself informed the library’s new sound archive policy.