Research

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At research intensive universities:

  • New discoveries are being made
  • Facilities are cutting edge
  • Research is being carried out to help address problems in the wider world
  • Researchers are experts in their fields and their enthusiasm and passion is shared with students studying at the university
  • Teaching at all levels is research-led or research-informed
  • There are strong links with business.
  • Students at research intensive universities benefit from:

    • Research-led teaching which creates vibrant learning environments
    • Opportunities to develop transferable skills which are valuable for employment and further study
    • Investment in cutting edge facilities.
    • Careers Services which are able to establish and maintain strong links with businesses to ensure ongoing employment and development opportunities for their students and graduates.

    Through their collaboration with business, research intensive universities can offer companies the benefits of research findings and give students opportunities to develop invaluable skills.

    These skills include:

    • The ability to critically evaluate
    • Problem solving and analytical skills
    • Independent thinking
    • Time management
    • Communication skills

    Check out some of the fantastic research the RO universities are currently undertaking

    University of Sussex:

    ‘Virtual museums’ : engaging with our cultural heritage through digital media

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    The country’s museums and galleries are a national treasure, vast warehouses of social memories and representations of our cultural heritage. However, the public’s experience of these collections is often limited by time and space. Access to fragile historical sites and monuments is often restricted, collections are often far larger than can be presented within the confines of the physical space of a museum or gallery, and curators have to balance the sometimes conflicting priorities of preservation and public access. Technological advances mean that museums can now archive and catalogue material digitally. However, digitising large collections is extremely time consuming and can require expensive information and communications technology (ICT) expertise. Thus, there is a need for cost-effective and innovative ways to preserve cultural heritage materials while allowing public access.

    Furthermore, people want to experience objects ‘in the round’ and understand them in their cultural context. Finding solutions to these problems has given rise to the idea of the ‘virtual museum’. Dr Martin White, Reader in Computer Science (Informatics) at the University of Sussex, and colleagues have explored several novel ways of developing intelligent, dynamic, self-aware and adaptive digital interfaces that allow the public to engage with a museum’s digital objects and relate them to their cultural context.

    To read more please visit www.sussex.ac.uk/research/impact/cultureandsociety/virtualmuseums

    University of Leicester:

    Study finds that one-third of English adults have prediabetes

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    Rates of prediabetes have risen sharply in England, and without intervention, the nation may experience a steep increase in diabetes in the coming years, according to University of Florida researchers working with the University of Leicester.
    The study, co-authored by Professor Richard Baker, M.D. (pictured), a professor of quality in healthcare from our Department of Health Sciences, found that prediabetes rates among English adults rose from about 12 percent in 2003 to 35 percent in 2011.
    To learn more visit: www2.le.ac.uk/news/blog/2014-archive-1/june/study-finds-that-one-third-of-english-adults-have-prediabetes

    University of Warwick:

    Warwick is part of a group of 5 top universities which have been considered for establishing the prestigious £42m Alan Turing Institute for Data Science.

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    This means our exceptional researchers from Mathematical Sciences will be at the forefront of the UK’s approach to big data. We’ll help the Institute to meet society’s toughest challenges, and strengthen the links between academia and technology industries. Using the headquarters at the British Library in London as a base, we’ll use our research strength – as demonstrated by our excellent Research Excellence Framework (REF) performance – to fully exploit the trends and patterns found within huge data sets.

    Big Data is one of the areas where the University of Warwick’s research excels thanks, in part, to our world leading mathematics, computer science and statistics departments. Warwick has long prized itself on using interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to answer the pressing questions of our time, and, as big data throws up such questions, that expertise comes to the fore.
    By working alongside the very best, we’ll make the UK a world leader in big data.

    University of Leeds:

    University of Leeds awarded £3.8m to tackle antibiotic resistance

    The University of Leeds has been awarded £3.8m to accelerate the development of infection diagnostics tools that are urgently required to stop the unnecessary use of antibiotics.

    In response to the report ‘Tackling Drug-Resistant Infections Globally’ by Lord Jim O’Niell. The Medical Research Council (MRC) has awarded the University of Leeds £3.8m to accelerate the development of infection diagnostics tools that are urgently required to stop the unnecessary use of antibiotics.

    The discovery of antibiotics early in the 20th century revolutionised our healthcare system and antibiotics and other antimicrobials have become an integral part of modern healthcare. However, in recent decades, the use of antibiotics has increased massively. This has led to an enormous rise in antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which is a significant and growing challenge

    The world is facing an increase in the number and type of bacteria resistant to antibiotics alongside stagnation in the development of new antibiotics or viable alternatives. It is clear that an interdisciplinary approach at a global level is needed to tackle the challenge if we are to save millions of lives being lost as a result of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

    To learn more visit: http://www.fbs.leeds.ac.uk/research/bulletin/index.php?id=1520