Case Studies

Influence of recovery modalities on Neuromuscular and Endocrine function in professional rugby players (The Academic Perspective)

Student: Marc Rhys Jones Company: Llanelli RFC Limited Academic Supervisor: Dr Liam Kilduff & N J Owen Characterising the Impact of Competition on Players Sleep and Recovery Profiles The Project Marc Rhys Jones’ PhD looked at characterising the impact of competition on players sleep and recovery profiles with his results allowing the Scarlets to have… Read more »

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

The project provided the opportunity to reveal music from the past with great benefits for present day Welsh culture and music, highlighting aspects of Welsh music that has never been seen, heard or performed before in Wales.

The collection of 88 folk songs from the 19th Century had been archived in the National Library in Aberystwyth. Through Leila’s KESS PhD project in conjunction with Curiad Music this collection was published for the first time.

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


What this project did that was different from other projects was that it placed an economic value on the environmental benefits that anaerobic digestion can offer over the short term. Over the long term, this type of work has the potential to offer wider societal benefits, for instance an improvement in water quality; this in turn can affect the tourism industry, water companies and so on. In addition to this is of course the fact that anaerobic digestion provides a source of renewable energy, reducing CO2 emissions.
There are many people who can benefit financially from the results of this research, the taxpayer benefits, as do large, medium and small private companies; so there are many economic and environmental advantages and I think that this is highlighted in the project.

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Development of a Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme for preschool children in nursery settings, and their families at home (The Academic Perspective)

The KESS project was a development of an early year’s nursery intervention for children to learn to eat fruits and vegetables; it was undertaken in co-operation with our company partner Food Dudes. Food Dudes have award winning programmes proven to work with children who are in primary schools, however because we know that eating habits are established early on, we know that we should intervene as early as possible.

The KESS project was to develop an intervention for children who were about 2-3 years old and then pilot it in nurseries in the area. To my knowledge this is the only project of its kind that has successfully completed the research and immediately translated the results by the company into a commercially viable product, therefore an intervention that can be administered in nurseries nationwide.

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Efficacy of Reflexcell survival products for protection of humans in extreme environments / Human health implications of Reflexcell products

Around a decade ago, mountaineers, expeditions to cold climates, or indeed anyone involved in outdoor activities took a polythene bivvy bag or a ‘space blanket’ with them for emergency use. These, at best, provided an extra water and windproof layer.

Now, led by Dr Sam Oliver of the University’s Extremes Research Group, PhD student Jennifer Brierley is undertaking collaborative research with Blizzard Survival, the inventor and manufacturer of a new material designed to aid survival in extreme conditions. Jennifer has been researching how effective the innovative material is in directing escaping body heat back into the body, preventing or delaying the onset of hypothermia in extreme conditions.

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An Advanced Virtual Environment for Rugby Skills Training (The Academic Perspective)

Most projects today need multi-disciplinary skills; it’s getting more and more difficult to only apply computer science techniques when developing novel applications, so we need to be collaborating.

This project is the first time that we’ve done a sporting application as well as computer science; it has allowed us to collaborate with the School of Sports, Health and Exercise Science and the School of Psychology here at Bangor, so there has been an excellent team involved in this project. It has been good in establishing links with other schools in the University and we’ve also been able to establish links internationally because of the project.

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James Wilson, Deepdock Ltd (The Business Perspective)

Student: 1. Ben Winterbourne, 2. Katie Clements Company: Deepdock Ltd Academic Supervisor: Dr Shelagh Malham & Prof David Jones Developing a relationship with Bangor University was made easier by the fact that Deepdock is run by graduates. We’ve worked with other parts of the University over the years, through other funds and opportunities available, and have… Read more »

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

Student: James Stroud Company: Sárvári Research Trust (SRT) Academic Supervisor: Dr Katherine Steele David Shaw, Sarvari Research Trust: Sarvari ResearchTrust is a small organisation, so one of the things that attracted us to the KESS programme was the ability to have a substantial piece of research done for a relatively low price. It was also… Read more »

Development of a Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme for preschool children in nursery settings, and their families at home (The Business Perspective)

We got involved with KESS because we think it’s important to develop academic talent and help graduates learn about the process of bringing academic ideas to market. Academia is particularly important to us, because Food Dudes grew out of the School of Psychology at Bangor University under the leadership of the late Professor Fergus Lowe and Professor Pauline Horne. Although the programme itself had been in development for 20 years, it wasn’t until 2010-11 that Food Dudes started to become of particular interest to Public Health professionals around the UK, no doubt because of the public and media pressure to do something about the problem of obese children.

Since we span out the business in 2011/21, Food Dudes has become possibly one of the fastest growing social enterprises in the UK. That said, any support we can find for the project is warmly welcomed – hence our interest in KESS.

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