Research Success Stories
A major new research project led by the University of the West of England (UWE, Bristol) is set to create the largest ever database of the UK's family surnames. The database, which will contain the meanings and origins of up to 150,000 UK surnames, is to be made publicly available and will be of enormous interest to home genealogists, family historians, and anyone interested in learning more about their family name.
Top researchers in UWE’s Machine Vision Laboratory have won a prestigious Medical Research Council (MRC) award to research skull abnormalities in children. The project is a collaboration with North Bristol NHS Trust and the London Orthotic Consultancy.
A new EPSRC funded research project led by the University of the West of England, (UWE, Bristol), will look at how suburban neighbourhoods can adapt to cope with climate change. Professor Katie Williams of UWE will lead the SNACC (Suburban Neighbourhood Adaptation for a Changing Climate) project with partners at Oxford Brookes University, Heriot-Watt University and several international partners. SNACC is funded by an EPSRC grant of £651,000.
Engineering experts at UWE’s Machine Vision Laboratory are working on the development of a skin analyser tool that will help enable doctors to diagnose malignant melanoma and other dermatological conditions such as burn severity.
Testing has begun on a device that can sniff out the presence of disease by smell, thanks to a £1.3 million award from the Wellcome Trust .OdoReader, developed by Norman Ratcliffe and Ben deLacyCostello from the University of the West of England and Chris Probert from the University of Bristol, uses pioneering technology to rapidly diagnose Clostridium difficile, by 'reading' the odour of stool samples.
UWE has built a robot designed to stimulate emotions. Fusing the apparently disconnected disciplines of performance art with robotics and artificial intelligence Heart robot is about to enter our world and will make an appearance at regional festivals and events throughout the summer.
UWE Researchers are collaborating with colleagues from the Universities of Bath and Bristol on a £1.4 million EPSRC project that could take carbon dioxide from the air and turn it into car fuel.
UWE is taking centre stage in the development of Bloodhound SSC (Project Bloodhound).
UWE and Bristol City Council are collaborating on a social marketing initiative for the Department for Transport as part of a national drive to bring about innovative road safety projects. The RoadSafety Partnerships Grant scheme will fund a joint project to evaluate the effectiveness of social marketing targeted towards young drivers in deprived areas.
David James’ project entitled Transforming Learning Cultures in Further Education aimed to deepen understanding of learning and teaching with particular regard to learning cultures in FE sector colleges. It examined opportunities for the enhancement of learning cultures and the improvement of learning and teaching in the FE sector. FE learning ‘sites’ provided the focus for an intensive examination of educational practice and learning cultures by means of longitudinal study.