Historical research by UCLan staff has underpinned significant
re-developments at the People's
History Museum (PHM) and Co-operative College (CC), which have enhanced
across the region and beyond.
The 33km Manchester Ship Canal (MSC) was one of the most polluted
waterways in Europe
following the industrial revolution. Ecosystems were destroyed and odorous
prevented the redevelopment and regeneration of the surrounding water
front areas that had an
estimated real estate value of £500m.
The research led by White established the cause and extent of water
pollution in the upper MSC
and Salford Quays. Critically this research allowed evidence based
restoration programmes to be
initiated that have rejuvenated the waterway and Salford Quays areas. This
improvement in water
quality was the essential first step in the long term development of
Salford Quays that has seen
approximately 2,000 homes being built and the arrival of 900 businesses
that employ over 35,000
Borden's research into the history and contemporary urban practice of
skateboarding, and particularly its role within cities and public spaces,
has enhanced understanding of this global urban activity, leading to
significant changes in how the public and media understand skateboarding
culture in the UK and abroad. His work has also contributed to the
campaign to save a historic skateboarding site at the Southbank Centre in
London, and to moves to protect similar sites elsewhere. Finally, research
by Borden has informed the design and development of some of the most
influential skateboarding venues in the country.
Gunn is a writer of fiction, with works published by commercial literary
presses and substantial sales to a general readership. The research
constitutes an experiment with artistic form, reworking modernist
techniques and themes, such as bricolage, the imitation of musical form
and the feminist revaluation of domestic experiences and objects. The
underlying research question is: how can the technical resources and
cultural preoccupations of modernist literary experiment be deployed to
engage and inform a 21st-century reading public?
Gunn's research is communicated to the public through book sales,
interviews, readings, and articles in the broadcast and print media, and
through the Dundee Literary Festival. These activities enhance public
understanding of the creative process for the wider community, providing
cultural enrichment and economic benefit at the level of the local,
national and international.
Expertise in mobile and location-aware web applications has underpinned
the development of a revolutionary new security alarm system.
Collaboration with an SME created, for the first time, a system to alert
customers in real-time, via sensor-triggered cameras and phones. The
impact of this collaboration has been to transform a UK company from a
distributor of hardware to a leading innovator in security. More than £1
million of the company's £1.9 million turnover for 2012 was directly
attributed to sales of the new system, now operating at more than 800
sites, providing improved security and cost savings — for example through
preventing metal theft — for commercial, transport, ecclesiastical and
construction sites across the UK.