Archive for September 25, 2015

Salford research analyses the impact of the Conservative Trade Union Bill

Proposals to introduce tougher regulations on industrial action ballots would make it extremely difficult for many trade unions to mount strikes as a means of challenging employers in national negotiations and government-initiated austerity measures, albeit with significant variations across sectors, unions and ballots, according to new preliminary research carried out by Professor Ralph Darlington, Professor of Employment Relations and Director of Postgraduate Research at Salford Business School.

Clever Classrooms report is Green Gown Awards finalist

Professor Peter Barrett’s work on Clever Classrooms in Sustainable Schools has been recognised by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) Green Gown Awards 2015.

Now in its 11th year, the Green Gown Awards initiative recognises the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities, colleges and the learning and skills sectors across the UK.

ESRC grant awarded to SoBE for Urban Transformation project

A project led by a School of the Built Environment academic has been awarded part of a £3m funding package from the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council).

The funding has been awarded to four studies, which aim to encourage better understanding of cities and the complex role they play in society.

Presidency for Health Sciences honorary Chair

Dr David Brettle from our School of Health Sciences, has recently been appointed President of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) at the organisation’s annual conference in Liverpool.

IPEM is a charity, learned society and professional body whose aims are to promote Medical Physics and Engineering for public, and ultimately, patient benefit.

Research has enhanced quality of life for arthritis patients

Research carried out by academic colleagues has helped to enhance quality of life for arthritis patients.

With one in five of the adult population in the UK living with arthritis, self-management education is a key support approach used by occupational therapists (OTs).

Professor Alison Hammond, from the School of Health Sciences, has worked on improving the tools available to OTs to deliver more effective self-management education.

This involved supporting patients in managing their pain and fatigue, improving their psychological resilience, helping them to remain in work and continue taking part in leisure activities. read more

Funding to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in Uganda

Chair of Social Policy, Professor Louise Ackers’ health partnership project has been awarded £200,000 by the Department for International Development (DFID) to help improve healthcare in Uganda.

The grant follows a number of successful projects, which have helped to send healthcare experts to Uganda and establish biomedical engineering as a profession within the country.

One of Professor Ackers’ previous projects, the ‘Sustainable Volunteers Project’, funded by DFID and the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET), has helped send around 50 healthcare experts to Uganda to train medical staff. read more

University of Salford helps to make Dyson appliances quieter

The University is helping Dyson’s pioneering engineers to ‘listen’ to products before they have even made them.

The Acoustics Research Group led by Prof Andy Moorhouse the Acoustics Research Group have focused their unique expertise on the next generation of quiet appliances being developed by the world-famous British company.

They recently won funding from the UK government agency Innovate UK to work with the technology firm headed by James Dyson, inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner.

The Salford team are using a technique called auralisation – the simulation of sounds – making it possible to ‘hear’ what noise sources will sounds like in varying conditions. The developed ‘hybrid virtual acoustic prototype’ will first be applied to Dyson’s range of desktop fans. read more

Industry award for acoustics engineers

Throwing noisy barbells around in gyms may be good for your health – but spare a thought for the neighbours!

Noise and nuisance caused by the proliferation of gyms in apartment blocks is causing a backlash with neighbours complaining of vibrating floors and walls, noise from loud music and the crashing of weights.

In the US, clashes have already reached the courts with gyms facing enforcement orders and even eviction.

Now engineers at the University of Salford in partnership with Hoare Lea Acoustics have developed a better way to predict the decibel count in and around gyms before the equipment moves in. read more

Robotics researchers star at MediaCityUK Industry event

ROBOTICS engineers from the University of Salford were prominent players at a major industry day at MediaCityUK on Friday, September 4.

Led by Professor Samia Nefti-Meziani, Dr Steve Davis and Dr Adham Atyabi the team showcased cutting edge research in ‘soft robotics’ industrial automated systems and robotics for healthcare and assisted living.

Their work featured on the BBC, Sky News and Granada and Professor Meziani – a key player in regional research and development – was interviewed by the broadcasters. read more

Academic appointed to chair Breast Cancer Care partnership

Congratulations to Dr Julie Wray, who has been appointed Chair of Service User Research Partnership (SURP) with support charity Breast Cancer Care.SURP – a group of eight people who have each had a direct experience of breast cancer – ensures that Breast Cancer Care’s research agenda is driven by the needs and experiences of people affected by the disease.

Julie, Senior Lecturer from the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences, has been committed to driving the research agenda to ensure that the needs of breast cancer survivors after treatment are explored to improve life after cancer.

She has been involved in a project that aims to develop an intervention that will improve the emotional, social and practical wellbeing of women from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds after they complete hospital-based treatment for primary breast cancer. read more