Case Studies

Novel Approaches to the treatment of Raynaud’s phenomenon

Presentation by Danny Clegg, University of South Wales Novel Approaches to the Non-invasive Treatment and Symptom Quantification of Raynaud’s Disease: Comparison of Heat Retentiveness of Materials and Use of Infrared Thermography and Warmth Provocation testing. The goal of the project is to provide tested and trialled gloves to people with Raynaud’s disease; with the intention… Read more »

Multi-dimensional visitor-engagement tracking: an innovative case study with the National Botanic Garden of Wales

The Student Perspective by Gwendoline Wilson, Swansea University The Project My KESS project is looking at visitor behaviour in the National Botanical Gardens using animal tracking devices on humans. These devices not only track people’s movements throughout the garden but also where they are looking. This allows me to map out the parts of the… Read more »

Defining the utility of novel pre-clinical cohort model systems

The Student Perspective by Huw Morgan, Cardiff University The Project The project that I am working on is in partnership with Tenovus. I am looking at the utility of a novel pre-clinical cohort model system, which is in relation to breast cancer. The discovery and development of new drugs at any given time point is… Read more »

Understanding the anti/pro tumourigenic role of INF-Y in intestinal cancer

The Student Perspective by Chris Towers, Cardiff University The Project My KESS project is looking at the role of a molecule in the immune system called interferon gamma, and I am trying to find out whether it causes a positive or a negative effect in colorectal cancer. My project is important because colorectal cancer is… Read more »

To investigate the use of alternative protein buffer systems to replace the use of animals in the manufacture of immunodiagnostic products (The Student Perspective)

Personal Development Until I started the KESS project I’d not been involved with commercial science in that sense, I’d only done research for research’s sake, so I’m finding it really interesting doing research that is applicable to pure science as well as industry. It’s enabled me to have a clearer understanding of the way my research can be applied to industry.

The Future I hope that having the commercial awareness will improve my chances when it comes to looking for work as I already have experience of working with a company.

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The effectiveness of a golf related resiliency training programme on the mental & physiological health of adolescence within the Carmarthenshire area of Wales (The Student Perspective)

The main aim of the project is to develop teenager’s life skills through the creation of an intervention programme in partnership with Carmarthen Golf Club.

Carmarthenshire County Council found that older teenagers/young adults are struggling with the stresses and demands of modern life and that their health and wellbeing has suffered as a consequence. So the local authority is working proactively ensuring that young people are ready for the future so that they can thrive in adulthood.

One of the aims from the beginning of the project was to develop it over the longer term, the nature of the research lends itself to longer term analysis and impact; measuring transfer of life skills from sport to other environments.

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The design implementation & evaluation of a resilient coping & life skills development plan for adolescents within a Football Coach Education programme

My KESS project is a collaboration between Cardiff Metropolitan University and the Welsh Football Trust. The project focusses on life skills development and resilient coping within adolescent footballers at a grassroots level, working with clubs but also with coaches. The aim is to develop a coaching education programme that will educate coaches within the Welsh Football Trust to then be able to go out and integrate the life skill and resilient coping development within their coaching.

The programme, that has been developed, focuses on the education of coaches, raising awareness around life skills, along with how they can be used in a practical coaching environment.

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Anaerobic Digestion: its potential to improve the economic and environmental performance of organic farming systems (The Student Perspective)

KESS PhD student talks about his experiences, John Walsh’s KESS project, economic benefits of anaerobic digesters.

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Mary Richards (Darowen) and the collection of traditional Welsh folk songs (The Student Perspective)

I loved working with the company because it drew upon my love and expertise of the history of Welsh music. It was nice to have different perspective of my work outside of the world of academia, which at times was refreshing.

In the work place I gained extensive experience of using software that was beneficial for my PhD and the work with the company, it developed my musical and technical skills and that helped with what I was doing day to day with the PhD, and with the company’s publications in the long term. I was also given the opportunity to use new and different software on digitising tonic sol-fa into modern notation which was beneficial for the company as well. When typesetting the music I could put the tonic sol-fa line in, a considerable number of males voice choirs wanted the tonic sol-fa and instead of sending work out, it could be done internally.

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Development of a range of late-blight resistant tomatoes – optimised for N European climate (The Student Perspective)

A different PhD model For me KESS has been a fantastic opportunity, being able to work on a project linked to a company that has real world objectives means that the research I am doing can be applied and is actually doing useful things in the real world, which has suited me quite well.

Highlights So far it would have to be having the opportunity to attend the Euroblight conference; because that was the first time I’d presented real original research that I’d done to an audience of other scientists. I also think generally getting my first results out of my trial and these actually being used by the company that I’m working with to inform what they are doing in their breeding programme; it was good to see my research actually being used.

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