Category: News

Elizabeth Williams wins the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at 3mt presentation competition

Elizabeth Williams, a KESS 2 participant from Cardiff University, recently won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the Welsh Mathematics Three Minute Thesis (3mt) competition hosted on 17th March, 2021. The 3mt was organised by the SIAM-IMA student chapter at the School of Mathematics in Cardiff University and the competition was open to all Welsh mathematics… Read more »

Examining the evidence relevant to the development of Social Prescription interventions : Gwenlli Thomas publishes her first paper

Gwenlli Thomas, a Bangor University KESS 2 MRes student, has published her first paper in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Impact Factor 2.849). The paper examines the evidence relevant to the development of Social Prescription interventions that take a co-productive and co-designed approach to improving wellbeing in a community setting. Co-production… Read more »

Marie O’Hanrahan, KESS 2 PhD student from USW features in online event by The Society of Addiction Psychology (SoAP)

Marie O'Hanrahan

Marie O’Hanrahan, a KESS 2 PhD student from the University of South Wales, is having her research poster featured by The Society of Addiction Psychology (SoAP), Division 50 of the American Psychological Association in an online Twitter event on 18th March 2021. You can follow the online event by searching for @apadivision50 and the hashtag #CPA2021. Marie… Read more »

PhD awarded to Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) Researcher from Bangor University

Heli Gittins

This article is reposted from the Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) website: Based at the College of Natural Sciences at Bangor University and working in partnership with the School of Psychology, Heli Gittins’s PhD research question – Can a woodland activity programme benefit participant wellbeing and change the way they use woods? – took her out into… Read more »

The benefits of increased tree cover on ecosystem services from the Welsh uplands: KESS 2 participant Ashley Hardaker’s second paper published in ‘Ecosystem Services’

Bangor University KESS 2 PhD student Ashley Hardaker, who very recently passed his PhD viva , has published a second paper from his PhD in the journal Ecosystem Services (Impact Factor 6.33). This paper evaluates the potential consequences of a range of land-sparing and land-sharing approaches to increase tree cover on the economic value of… Read more »

Volatile organic compounds allow sensitive differentiation of biological soil quality: KESS 2 participant Rob Brown publishes first paper in ‘Soil Biology and Biochemistry’ journal.


Bangor University KESS 2 PhD student Rob Brown has published the first paper from his PhD in the journal Soil Biology and Biochemistry. Rob’s paper compares the sensitivity of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with a standard measure of the soil microbial community; phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) profiling. As explained in Rob’s recent case study, soil is… Read more »

International Women’s Day 2021

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, KESS 2 will be highlighting some of the fantastic female participants who featured in our news throughout 2020. These women chose to challenge 2020 by continuing their diligent research work against the odds of the Covid-19 pandemic. It goes without saying that this is not an exhaustive list, there are… Read more »

Swansea University KESS 2 project develops ‘world’s first’ Covid-19 vaccine smart patch

A KESS 2 funded project at Swansea University has joined the fight against coronavirus by steering their research towards the development of a ‘smart patch’ for the administration of a vaccine. Olivia Howells’ research was already working on the development and application of microneedles in collaboration with company partners BIOMEMS Technology Ltd, a project which… Read more »