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14 Feb, 2017
At the start of 2017 Theresa May announced plans to “transform” attitudes to mental health. With a specific focus on addressing the mental health of children and young people, the announcement committed to the provision of mental health first aid training to all schools so that teachers can identify symptoms and support students at risk of developing a mental health issue. These promises have been made at a time when a GW4 research community has found that teachers and support staff lack knowledge and skills to prevent and intervene with self-harm.
5 Dec, 2016
Quantum technology is a growing area of research that underpins a variety of industries, from medical imaging to precision printing. One of the most significant developments in quantum technology is its application in secure communications. A GW4 research community is working to develop quantum communication for business and personal use, such as credit card encryption, and has attracted industry interest.
11 Nov, 2016
A GW4 research community has begun to scope the impact of the Government’s efforts to delegalise family disputes about children and finances which arise on relationship breakdown. The project looked at how recent government withdrawal of funded legal advice is playing out in the digital age, leading to a confusing range of online information and evidence of ‘crowdsourcing’ of amateur advice on platforms such as Mumsnet.
17 Oct, 2016
A GW4 research community has been engaging with UK employers and policymakers to address pay inequality ahead of government regulations on Gender Pay Gap Reporting coming into effect. GW4 Pay Equality Research Consortium (PERC) has been conducting a feasibility study for the development of a pay data collection platform and held an event to share its findings with other researchers, HR professionals and policymakers last month.
21 Sep, 2016
From ‘post-truth politics’ under Trump, to grassroots campaigning during indyref, political engagement has never seemed more crucial. A group of GW4 researchers has been exploring political engagement in British politics, finding that many such modern day phenomena have historical roots. We spoke to Dr David Thackeray, Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter, to find out more.
16 Mar, 2016
Professor Jenny Kitzinger, Cardiff University, is working with partners across GW4 to improve end of life decision-making for people with limited ability, or power, to make decisions for themselves. This community examines how the decision-making process can be improved to maximise the chances of person-centred care and to support a death that is as positive as possible under the circumstances.
16 Feb, 2016
Working to reduce carbon emissions, this GW4 community has the long-term vision to change the way that all structures are designed and operate within the built environment. In the face of a growing population and increasing urbanisation, this is crucial to achieve global sustainability. Dr John Orr, University of Bath, explains how colleagues from across the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter are addressing this issue.
30 Nov, 2015
Dr Chris Bryan and Dr Mark van der Giezen, University of Exeter are working alongside partners from Bath, Bristol and Cardiff to address the global problem of polluted mine water. The research of AVaRICE aims to improve the health and environment of millions of people around the world through an innovative process that uses algae to clean up polluted mine water, harvesting precious heavy metals and producing biofuels in the process.
6 Nov, 2015
GW4 Medieval Studies brings together over 67 Medievalists from across the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. This community has developed into a cohesive and energetic research cluster, who are world-leading in their breadth of expertise. Professor Carolyn Muessig, Dr Ian Wei and Dr Beth Williamson, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol discuss how GW4 funding has benefited the Medieval Studies community.