Case Studies

Wood modification: Adding value to a locally grown CO2-Sink (Video)

A video case study by Bangor University and KESS 2 funded PhD researcher Carlo Kupfernagel, his academic supervisor Dr Morwenna Spear and company supervisor Dr Andy Pitman of Lignia Wood. Their project is titled “Wood modification: Adding value to a locally grown CO2-Sink” and in this video Andy and Carlo tell us more about their… Read more »

KESS 2 Alumni Case Study: Dr Rhiannon Chalmers-Brown, Bio-Refining of Steel Manufacturing Co-Production Gases

DR RHIANNON CHALMERS-BROWN : RICE Research Assistant – Low Carbon Bioprocess Analysis I completed my undergraduate degree in Chemistry at USW, I was then encouraged by my research supervisor, Prof Richard Dinsdale, to apply for the KESS 2 scholarship as I had a keen interest in renewable energy and the environmental sector in general. The… Read more »

Research and development during a global pandemic

KESS 2 recently asked participants how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on their respective research projects. Postgraduate researcher Simon Johns, and his company partner Gwylan, share their experiences of continuing their KESS 2 funded R&D during these trying times. The Student Perspective: Simon Johns, Cardiff University I’m studying an MPhil; it’s an evaluation of a… Read more »

A late career research student experience

ANDREW ROGERS A LATE CAREER RESEARCH STUDENT EXPERIENCE I took the long way around to get to my PhD research. The journey started with 25 years working in Public Health; a move into the private sector as a business consultant; the odd excursion to work with the WHO or UN in the Balkans, Central Europe… Read more »

Innovations in soil health analysis

Digging an experimental pit

ROB BROWN INNOVATIONS IN SOIL HEALTH ANALYSIS Soil is a finite and non-renewable resource. It is key to providing a wide range of goods and services such as sustainable food production for a growing population and resilience against climate change. However, increasing the intensity at which we are using soil resources is beginning to cause… Read more »

KESS 2 Alumni Case Study : Mirain Llwyd Roberts

Pontio'r Cenedlaethau

MIRAIN LLWYD ROBERTS INTERGENERATIONAL CO-ORDINATOR, GWYNEDD COUNCIL The purpose of my research project was to explore the challenges and barriers facing intergenerational projects. The title of the research was: “Bridging the people and the community: The barriers and challenges facing intergenerational projects focusing on sustainability”. Several obstacles and challenges emerged during the research and a… Read more »

How digital tools enable collaboration between small, medium, and large business and government in Wales in pursuit of circular economy outcomes.

digital tools for circular economy

SOPHIE MULLINS A STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE Circular economy moves away from the traditional take-make-waste economy to develop a more sustainable future. The circular economy could provide a new way to live in the future and develop interactions between businesses, government bodies and each other. My project, titled “How digital tools enable collaboration between small, medium, and… Read more »

KESS 2 Alumni Case Study : Dr Manon Pritchard

Dr Manon Pritchard Award Group Photo

DR MANON PRITCHARD SER CYMRU II FELLOW I personally have a lot to thank KESS for, with regards to my academic achievements over the last 9 years, and I continue to this day to collaborate closely with the same industrial partner established all those years ago. I was awarded a KESS PhD scholarship in 2011,… Read more »

Assessing hand hygiene compliance and food safety culture in food manufacturing

EMMA SAMUEL A STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE Food businesses have a duty to assure the food they prepare for people to consume is safe.  One of the simplest and most effective ways to achieve this is by maintaining excellent hand hygiene practices during food production. However, research indicates that, for a host of reasons, food handler hand… Read more »

Developing business innovation in an economically challenged region: A study of Medium-sized Businesses in Wales

John Barker

JOHN BARKER A STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE Wales has historically low levels of innovation and business growth compared with the UK. The impending impact of Brexit and Covid-19 will see a reduction in the economy leading to reduced consumer spending, even lower productivity, and more job losses making the need for Welsh businesses to innovate massively important… Read more »