All of our academic schools carry out research in their
dedicated areas, making for a varied and interesting body of
A state of the art Visualisation Centre provides full-size 3D
architectural visualisations and an Advanced Prototyping Laboratory
which uses the latest technology for product testing and
development are just two of the reasons our research into architecture and product design enjoys an
Our art and design
research actively promotes the development and application
of creative knowledge. It has four main areas of focus:
analysing art's contribution to social change; how we relate to
digital technology; new ways of thinking through making art; and
the role of art in teaching and education.
Life-enhancing research is taking place within biomedical sciences, with research teams
investigating the role of the human body's biology in cancer
treatment, diabetes, immunity to diseases and preventing sickness
from food contamination, among others.
Incorporating everything from the entrepreneurial dynamic of
family businesses to modernising the fire service our business research is providing important
insights into working environments of all types.
At the forefront of e-learning and new applications in IT, our
research into computing and IT has
included collaborating on Europe-wide projects to create a games
development network and systems to support local democracy.
Currently the leading university in the West Midlands for
architecture, construction and
infrastructure research, the University's research in this area
has a clear focus on construction management, surveying and
property, civil engineering and built environment and training.
In the top three universities in the region for
engineering research, cutting-edge
technology is being used for medical advances such as an artificial
larynx that complements the dialect and speech patterns of its
recipient. Other research teams are using leading laser technology
to create highly complex 3D forms - both functional as precision
tools or aesthetically pleasing as art.
Continuously improving health and social care is the aim of our
health and nursing research teams
- preventing disease, prolonging life, promoting health and
social wellbeing and informing policies on both a national and
Several research centres engage in exciting work in the fields
of humanities, languages and culture,
taking in everything from shopping and marketing in the 1800s,
to our internationally recognised work in natural language
Financial activities, human rights and forensic science are just
some of the topics being interrogated by our researchers in law and legal studies. All
provide important insights to inform current legal practice and to
provide legal advice and assistance to governments, regulators and
major law firms.
With a growing strategic importance to the West Midlands
region, our research into performing arts
and music explores the relationship between drama, dance
and music and society. Two new major projects include
investigations into dance and ageing and collaborative processes in
Our psychology research is extremely
varied, encompassing the impact of the internet on people's
everyday lives, wellbeing at work, using psychologcal techniques to
deal with chronic illnesses, and the causes and effects of the way
different people think.
Sports researchers from the
University have worked with national and commercial organisations
such as the Virgin London Marathon, Wolverhampton Wanderers
football club, the British Association of Sport and Exercise
Sciences and the British Basketball Association, to help maximise
the performance of people taking part in sports and exercise.
Education research seeks to
continuously improve learning and teaching at all stages of life,
as well as contributing to social inclusionand social justice
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