Case Studies: Bangor University

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 »

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 »

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 »

Current KESS 2 projects in partnership with Tenovus Cancer Care

Tenovus Cancer Care

The research supported through KESS 2 and Tenovus Cancer Care has already done so much to help cancer patients. Below are projects that Tenovus Cancer Care is currently supporting with KESS 2, to continue helping people affected by cancer.   2018 Delineating how PI3K/PTEN oncogenic signalling contributes to prostate cancer Student: Manisha Dass Supervisor: Dr Helen Pearson… Read more »

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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