Based in the School of English, the Research and Development Unit for
English Studies (RDUES) conducts research in the field of corpus
linguistics and develops innovative software tools to allow a wide range
of external audiences to locate, annotate and use electronic data more
effectively. This case study details work carried out by the RDUES team
(Matt Gee, Andrew Kehoe, Antoinette Renouf) in building large-scale
corpora of web texts, from which examples of language use have been
extracted, analysed, and presented in a form suitable for teaching and
research across and beyond HE, including collaboration with commercial
Professor Mark Addis of the School of English undertook pioneering
collaborative interdisciplinary work with David Boyd (Professor of
Construction at Birmingham City University) to engage with an area of
business where the humanities are not usually valued. The philosophy of
expertise assisted three major construction companies, Mouchel, Rider
Levett Bucknall and Thomas Vale Construction, to better understand their
practices. These new perspectives into construction management challenged
existing practices and stimulated practitioner debate in the industry. The
impacts were for individuals, who made more effective interventions in
their practice especially in terms of skill development and project
organisation; company groups, who gained insights which developed their
practice; and the wider industry through presentations to leading national
construction representative organisations.
Research by the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre (JIIC) has been
influential in taking curation beyond normal museum practice. The work has
led to the development of novel applications of digital scanning, CAD
processes and rapid prototyping. These have enabled the creation of
detailed replicas of damaged and deformed precious and fragile objects of
cultural heritage. Coupled with the craft design expertise of the
researchers these processes have shed new light on the techniques used to
produce the original pieces. The handleable replicas that these processes
generate are transforming the way museum curators are balancing the
competing demands of preservation, restoration and interpretation of
objects with those of public access to them. JIIC has assisted museum and
heritage professionals at several venues with these transformative
approaches, e.g. Black Country Living Museum, Birmingham Museums and Art
Gallery (BMAG), the Museum of London and National Museums Liverpool.
This case study is built upon the successful fusion of Spatial Planning
with the Ecosystem Approach, translating complex theory into operational
outputs for public and stakeholder engagement, which improve policy
processes and outcomes across built and natural environments and fringe
interfaces. `RUFopoly' and `EATME tree' are co-produced outputs,
maximising engagement in learning spaces within game and web-portal
formats respectively. For example, the Welsh Government has used both
tools to design emerging policy frameworks (testimonial1). The novel
research model employed builds research teams that integrate academic,
policy and practice participants within a collective journey of
(re)-discovery maximising reflective practice and social learning.
The case study refers to research conducted by the Centre for Applied
Criminology (CAC), which has focused on HMP Grendon. This document
evidences the following impacts:
* Effects on and changes and benefits to policy and practice within and
beyond HMP Grendon.
* Reduction or prevention of harm / negative effects upon staff and
prisoners at HMP Grendon.
* Effects on awareness and understanding of needs specific groups of
prisoners at HMP Grendon.
* Changes and benefits to opportunities available for HMP Grendon
prisoners and applicants.
* Benefits in terms of awareness of penal issues amongst audiences of
Under Jersey law, the right to inherit property has historically been
affected by factors such as the legitimacy of a child and the gender of a
spouse. This research, which was commissioned by the Jersey Community
Relations Trust, concluded that aspects of the law were discriminatory and
did not comply with human rights legislation. As a direct result of the
research the law was amended so that illegitimate children were given the
same fixed rights of inheritance as legitimate ones, and the fixed rights
of inheritance of a widow and widower are now unified.
Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) has researched the extent
and effectiveness of design management in companies for over 15 years. The
research has combined an academic analysis with a practice based approach
where findings have been implemented through a succession of
industry-facing, large-scale, externally funded projects.
Through this sustained activity, design tools, methods and support
strategies have been developed, delivered, tested and disseminated
internationally. Additionally, the experiences are fed back into the
continuing research that underpins the practical activity.
Since 2008, BIAD's business-facing projects have:
This case study describes the impact of the work conducted by the Centre
for American Legal Studies (CALS) relating to capital punishment and the
death penalty. The impacts which will be identified, explained and
evidenced in this document are as follows:
Research led by Professor Chapman at the Knowledge Based
Engineering (KBE) lab has resulted in a thriving partnership with the
aerospace division of Rolls-Royce. KBE research captures domain-based
knowledge and integrates it into refined computational models with
automated tools to enhance design processes for engineering complex
systems. This research has contributed to important improvements in the
design processes used by Rolls-Royce to achieve substantial benefits in
terms of accuracy, efficiency and ease of design and innovation in the
development of jet engines. The techniques have also been exploited to
enhance decision support processes for sustainable energy.
The Centre For Community Mental Health (CCMH) is a research team within
the Centre for Health
and Social Care (CHSCR). CCMH develops and supports research that reduces
stigma and social
exclusion and which empowers people with mental health problems to lead
fulfilling lives in their
own communities. The impact of this research has challenged prevailing
beliefs and practices and
led directly to changes in practice, organisational processes and service
design across the world.
Our studies of voice hearing, in adults and children, have shown that it
may not always be
associated with mental illness and that cognitive behavioural therapy is
effective for many people.
Our work has led to the development of the Hearing Voices Movement and the
Hearing Voices Network, which now spans 22 countries and which enables
people who hear
voices to find bespoke solutions and lead normal lives.
The impact of our work on community-based approaches to the management of
acute and long
term mental ill health led, first, to the development of assertive
outreach and crisis resolution teams
that reduced hospital admissions by treating people at home; second, our
work has led directly to
service redesign in many different countries.
Our studies of special and underserved social groups in relation to
mental ill health have
demonstrated the multiple barriers to services that many people
experience. The impact of these
studies has included changes in organisational practices to promote
greater engagement with