Huw Edwards: Should the UK remain in a Customs Union?

The debate over ‘what kind of Brexit?’ seems to be reaching an important tipping point, with the Labour party now joining with pro-European Tories and the Confederation of British Industry in recommending one particular form of ‘soft Brexit’: namely, that the UK should remain in a Customs Union (or something…

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Exploration of gender bias in the theatre industry

Dan Sage (School of Business and Economics) and Catherine Rees (School of Arts, English and Drama) are conducting a major study into gender inequality within theatre. It is thought that the study is the first of its kind, looking particularly at why there is a female majority in theatre training and education…

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Policies on Filtering Internet Content in Libraries

Managing Access to the Internet in Public Libraries (MAIPLE) was a two‑year project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and led by Dr Louise Cooke. It sought to identify measures taken in UK public libraries to regulate access to Internet content and to evaluate the effectiveness of these measures. Key…

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Conceptual modeling for simulation

Abstracting a model from a real or proposed system simulation models are simplifications of reality. This on-going research by Professor Stewart Robinson is focused upon the use of discrete-event simulation for modelling operations systems or operating systems and can be applied to a variety of contexts and situations. “Two colleagues and I…

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Earn to Learn for SSCs (shared services centres)

Based on his research on offshoring, reshoring and shared service centres, Ian Herbert is developing proposals for organisations to use students on a range of tasks and thus, gain sufficient cost advantage to negate the main attraction of offshoring.  Students could gain work experience that is becoming scarcer as the professional…

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Sustainable freight transportation

Dr Alok Choudhary is actively involved with two complementary research initiatives (Nex‑GIFT and REINVEST), which address the pressing challenge of minimising environmental impacts caused by the freight transportation industry (FTI). Thus, these projects aim at the development of innovative strategies, best practices, a knowledge framework and low carbon supply chain models for…

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Improving police operations

Integrating the academic perspectives of management science, psychology and law, Dr Ross Ritchie is currently examining and risk‑assessing the police custody process. His research aims to improve police decision‑making practices, which will ultimately lead to a number of positive individual, organisational and societal impacts This is a novel approach, because it looks…

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Improving water management systems

Dr Lili Yang has teamed up with the University of Thessaly (Greece); The Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas (Poland) together with water management companies in Poland and Greece in order to develop an intelligent Integrated Support System for Efficient Water Usage and resources management (ISS‑EWATUS). The project goal is to develop…

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