Worcester Hosts Annual Applied Research Competition

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Students and academics from the University of Worcester went head-to-head with colleagues from other UK universities in an applied research competition.

The Competition is held annually between the universities of Worcester, Coventry, Gloucestershire and Buckinghamshire New, to explore and strengthen the applied research relationship and potential for furthering partnership working between the universities. This year it was hosted at the University of Worcester.

There were four entries in the PhD section, including two from Worcester; Ashley Reuten on ‘The impact of school day variation in weight and height on the National Child Measurement Programme Body Mass Index’ and Richard Medcalf on ‘The experiences of children and young people with social emotional and behavioural difficulties in physical education’.

The winning PhD entry was from Coventry University’s Reena Devi on ‘The effectiveness of a web based cardiac rehabilitation programme’.

There were five entries in the academic staff section, with the winning entry coming from Buckinghamshire New University’s Dr Richard Mather with his research on ‘High resolution colour and infrared imagery for monitoring of re-vegetation of open-cast coal mines’. Professor Dominic Upton represented Worcester in this section with research on ‘Pain, stress and wound healing’. 

Katherine Jones, Enterprise Manager at the University of Worcester, said: “This year’s competition is the latest in a series of activities which builds on a long-term partnership between the four universities and I am sure that a number of joint-working projects will emerge from this event.”

The entries were judged on the success, innovation and impact of the research and the overall quality of the presentation.