Case Studies

Incorporating lamb eating and nutritional quality into a commercial breeding programme (The Student Perspective)

Undertaking this research with Innovis Breeding Sheep Ltd. means that Eleri can learn a wide range of practical skills. The mixture of academic and company contacts, has created interactions with a large network of people who have assisted in the project. As the project is commercially based, it involves the measurement of lamb meat quality traits, in a range of different environments including farm, abattoir, processor and laboratories. It has allowed Eleri to develop a range of skills in all these areas in conjunction with the overall project management of this research. The contacts Eleri has met and learnt from, means that she will be looking to further her career in a similar area to this current project.

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Novel Approaches to the treatment of Raynaud’s phenomenon (The Student Perspective)

Working with the company through the PhD One part of the project that I hadn’t expected involved me going over to the parent company in Latvia. I was able to go over and meet the owners of the company, while there I was given a tour around the site where the materials are made plus I was able to see their capabilities. While there I asked if I could have some prototypes made, I explained what I was trying to do I took some materials over with me and asked if they would be able to make mit? They didn’t speak any English and I was quite worried as to what was going to come back, I was very happy when they came back with 4 prototypes in 3 hours later.

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Novel Packaging Solutions for the Freeze-Drying of Specialist Pharmaceuticals (The Academic Perspective)

Cardiff Metropolitan University has recently had its first KESS PhD completion; the project developed novel packaging solutions for the freeze-drying of specialist pharmaceuticals. The KESS student, Dr Chris Cherry, was based at the host company, MicroPharm Ltd in West Wales. The academic supervision for the project was provided jointly by The National Centre for Product Design & Development Research (PDR) and The Cardiff School of Health Sciences (CSHS); both academic schools are based on Cardiff Met’s Llandaff Campus. The KESS project covered the science of mass and heat transfer characterisation through to the challenges of maintaining sterility and containment within a freeze dryer. This research project delivered a very successful PhD in just over three years. In addition, the collaborative nature of the project has derived a range of supplementary benefits for the student, company and university. This case study describes the chronology of the KESS project, and attempts to capture the tangible (and intangible) benefits to the three main parties.

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Kate Roberts and the public domain (The Business Perspective)

Student: Diane Jones Company: Cae’r Gors – Canolfan Dreftadaeth Kate Roberts Cyf. Academic Supervisor: Dr Jerry Hunter & Prof. Peredur Lynch Interpreting the Past through Technology At Cae’r Gors in Rhosgadfan, North Wales, a project is underway in collaboration with Bangor University to ensure that a crucial part of our shared history is not only… Read more »

Fabrication and modelling of thin-silicon PV cells

Student: Gareth Blayney Company: Pure Wafer International Ltd Academic Supervisor: Dr Owen Guy & Prof Paul Rees Low-cost, Low-carbon and Local! Swansea University, in collaboration with Swansea based Pure Wafer International Limited, have successfully developed a new low-cost solar cell from reclaimed silicon, a by-product of the semiconductor industry. Reclaimed silicon is currently shipped overseas… Read more »

Benefits of Participation in high-risk activities in the outdoors (The Business Perspective)

In the outdoors we have implied knowledge, in that we believe swimming in the outdoors for example is better for you than swimming in a pool. Working with the School of Sport, Health and Excercise Sciences at Bangor University allows Surflines to research and test those theories. We’ll be able to translate the research and inform potential about the advantages of outdoor activities.

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Artificial defence structures as surrogate habitats for natural rocky shores: giving nature a helping hand (Presentation)

The UK’s Marine Policy Statement advises that in addition to avoiding harm to the environment, marine developments should also include “beneficial features” for marine wildlife. However, much remains unknown about the potential for manmade structures to deliver ecological benefits and surrogate for natural rocky shore habitat. Our research investigates the role of coastal defences in providing substrate for marine plants and animals to colonise. It also explores the potential to manipulate structures in order to achieve more beneficial outcomes from coastal defence developments.

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A Controlled Evaluation of a Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme for children in Special Schools

Wales is an obesity hotspot, with the 5th highest child obesity rates of 35 OECD countries: in 2010, 36% of Welsh 2-15 year olds were overweight and 19% of these were obese. The literature shows that these rates are typically doubled for children attending Special Schools. These children often show change resistant behaviours such as idiosyncratic eating patterns and reluctance to try new foods, presenting the researchers with additional challenges. Although it is known that they are more likely to develop health problems and obesity than their peers in mainstream schools, they have been entirely overlooked in the existing research until now.

My Masters Research project has involved implementing the Food Dudes programme in special schools. The Food Dudes progarmme is based on the three psychological principles: role-modeling, rewards and repeated tasting. The intervention is split into two phases: the Intensive Phase (16 days) and the Maintenance Phase (rest of the academic year).

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Testing of a Mattress Design on Sleep Quality of those with Low Back Problems (Presentation)

The paucity of research in to sleep surfaces, sleep quality and back problems is surprising as we spend approximately a third of our lives asleep and 84% of the UK population will be afflicted with low back pain at some point in their lives.

The project will provide an objective assessment of mattress design in relation to back pain. A three month, double blind randomised controlled crossover study will take place in the participants own homes to ensure the most natural sleep environment.

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Development of a novel quinone prodrug delivery system for cancer (Presentation)

The chemotherapy agents which are in current use are highly toxic compounds and are also non selective meaning that in effect the patient is being medically “poisoned” in the hope that the cancer will die first. Prodrug technology allows for the selective deployment of highly toxic drugs into cancer cells, whilst healthy cells are left relatively unaffected.

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