Student Central

Autumn 2014 Issue

Liz

The University of Huddersfield’s researchers are committed to solving the problems and answering the questions posed by industry, science and society as a whole.

Our magazine, Discover, tells the stories behind our research and highlights the impact this work has on the world we all live in.

Join the discussions around our research:
@WeLoveResearch
www.hud.ac.uk/research

Professor Liz Towns-Andrews
Director of Research and Enterprise


Improving wound care

Research carried out by the Skin Interface Sciences research group (a collaboration between the Schools of Applied Sciences, Human and Health SciencesComputing and Engineering and Art, Design and Architecture), has helped to shape policy and practice in the field of surgical site infection (SSI) and wound management. Read more

Microbiology – food and nuclear waste

Research at the University of Huddersfield into microbial production and metabolism has influenced both the food industry and government policy. This work has led to the adoption of new techniques to produce fermented products and has made a major contribution to the safety case for the disposal of nuclear waste, highlighting the economic and environmental benefits of underground storage. Read more

A future in thorium

The University of Huddersfield leads the UK in the development and advocacy of the thorium nuclear fuel cycle as an alternative to the uranium/plutonium cycle. Researchers based in the International Institute for Accelerator Applications (IIAA) have set the design parameters for feasible thorium-fuelled reactor assemblies for power generation and waste management. Read more

Developing autonomous systems

In May 2012, former Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts, announced £16m in funding from government and industry for high-profile projects in the Autonomous and Intelligent Systems Programme, aimed at developing vital intelligent autonomous systems. As part of this, researchers in the Centre for High-Performance Intelligent Computing (CHIC) at the University of Huddersfield have been developing methods of knowledge engineering for intelligent systems. Read more

Sustainable forests

Research by the Centre for Sustainable and Resilient Communities (CSRC) is helping to maintain the tropical forests of south-west Ethiopia whilst improving the livelihoods of those who rely on them. Identifying sustainable forest management and small-scale business development opportunities has led to increased resource production, links with national and international markets and increased incomes. Read more

LGBT equalities

Research undertaken by the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences (CRISS) into the continuing marginalisation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people has addressed key issues concerning relationships between LGBT people and state institutions. Findings have helped to shape the development of practice in central government departments, local authorities, housing associations, healthcare and community organisations and voluntary sector associations. Read more

Language in Conflict

Members of the Stylistics Research Centre and theCentre for Intercultural Politeness Research working in critical stylistics and interpersonal pragmatics are collaborating with professionals in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution as part of the Language in Conflict project. The group work to enhance the linguistic skills and understanding of mediators and international negotiators through the development and delivery of training materials and the creation of a web-based meeting point for linguists and mediation/conflict resolution practitioners. Read more

21st century nursing

Research by the University of Huddersfield’s School of Art, Design and Architecture is helping to ensure that patient safety is a central feature of the rapidly expanding transfer of healthcare from hospitals to the home. Dr David Swann has demonstrated that traditional nursing bags can be carriers of disease and created a 21st-century successor that addresses this key issue. Read more

Digital music-making

Based in the Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM), researchers have been developing state-of-the-art open-source software used to create and enhance electronic music. The HISSTools Impulse Response Toolbox allows users to customise the solutions they need rather than having to rely on fixed and limited options. Read more

New publications

The University of Huddersfield Press was established in 2007 to provide an outlet for publication for University authors and to encourage new and aspiring authors to publish in their areas of subject expertise. Read about some of the recent publications and upcoming releases. Read more


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