Posts Tagged: “REF2014”

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Enhancement of ‘Upstream’ Software Development Methods

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… »

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The use of Function Electrical Stimulation (FES) in neurological rehabilitation.

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.

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Improving health and social care practice.

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.

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Provoking reflection on society’s critical ethical issues

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.

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Shaping intellectual property legislation through evidence-based research

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.

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Improved Motion Blur in Computer Animated Film and Special Effects

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.

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Facilitating efficient wayfinding in complex human environments

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.

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Driving change in public relations evaluation

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.

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Forever for everyone. Improving visitor enjoyment of National Trust properties.

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.

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Green Tribology – The Sustainable Design of Lifeboat Launch Systems

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.

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Developing training, standards and policies for forensic investigation of mass graves

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.

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Striking the right balance between coastal bird conservation and the needs of society

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.

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Promoting and leading British radio archive policy

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.

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