Case Studies: The Student Perspective

Improving Health Through Physical Activity: Engaging “hard to reach” young females in the South Wales Valleys

ELLYSE HOPKINS Ellyse Hopkins is completing her KESS 2 funded PhD in collaboration with Valleys Gymnastics Academy. The focus of her research is engaging young women from disadvantaged backgrounds into physical activity. BACKGROUND I completed both my undergraduate degree and master’s degree at Cardiff Met. I just loved the environment and got on well with… Read more »

Engaging injured military veterans into physical exercise : Robert Walker

DR ROBERT WALKER Dr Robert Walker successfully defended his PhD on 19th April 2021. Rob’s research was focused on engaging i into physical exercise, his PhD was completed in collaboration with Help for Heroes. BACKGROUND I left school at the age of 16 and went straight into the military for 8 years. During my career… Read more »

The development of maritime robotics to study the fine-scale movements of aquatic life (Video)

 A 25-minute KESS 2 video case study by Bangor University PhD researcher John Zachary Nash. John Zachary and others involved in this research, including company partner representatives from RS Aqua and H R Wallingford, talk about their exciting fish tracking project which is a cross-disciplinary collaboration in the fields of marine science and electronic engineering.  Subtitles are available in Welsh or English through the video settings and a transcript of the video is available below. (Transcript is… Read more »

Facial Skin Analysis on Mobile Devices

ELLIOT NAYLOR KESS 2 Masters by Research My background is in Computer Games Development during which I was granted the unique opportunity to develop a game for the Road Safety Trust called ‘Virtual Road World’ (VRW). Whilst developing this game and communicating with staff, I was encouraged to apply for a KESS 2 ‘Masters by… Read more »

Constructing sustainable food and drink supply chains for a Wales-wide producer led food hub that maximises local value

LUKE PROSSER THE PROJECT SO FAR Constructing sustainable food and drink supply chains for a Wales-wide producer led food hub that maximises local value. My project is looking to develop a food hub model that promotes the use of local food and drink in Wales. The project is exploring a range of sectors including public… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »