Case Studies: Postgraduate Researchers

KESS 2 and Tata Steel UK : Postgraduate collaborative research success at USW

As we near the end of the programme, KESS 2 and USW would like to showcase the outstanding research achieved through industry collaboration with our company partner Tata Steel UK with the following case studies. Over a period of 8 years, Tata Steel UK has supported 16 PhD projects and 1 Research Masters project, producing… Read more »

Bio Based Coating Applications onto Paper Based Packaging

JENNY WOODS Jenny Woods is completing her KESS 2 East Research Masters at the BioComposites Centre, Bangor University, in collaboration with Wipak (UK) Ltd. The focus of her research is bio-based polymers in application to paper-based packaging. The aim is to research and develop a bio-based coating that can be applied to a paper substrate and tested in… Read more »

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 »