Our termly publication to celebrate the University of Wolverhampton’s research successes and opportunities, Research Matters, was launched in December 2016.
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"The launch of this first issue is timely as we enter a new Research Excellence Framework (REF) cycle for 2021. The REF evaluates the quality and impact of research at UK universities across all disciplines, grading it from nationally recognised (1*) to world-leading (4*) and is carried out every five years.
Our research was commended at its highest ever level in REF 2014, with all areas having world-leading elements and particular areas of research strength highlighted including health, history and linguistics and statistical cybermetrics. Read up on some of the recommendations for the next submission in this issue – we’ll keep you updated as we know more.
We’ll also be telling you about the important, day-to-day research projects and advances that are happening here at the University, as well as changes relating to research in the higher education sector. Research is strong at Wolverhampton and we’re investing in it significantly; it’s a key element of our new University Strategic Plan 2016-2021.
We hope you enjoy reading this issue."
Professor John Darling, Editor and Dean of Research, University of Wolverhampton
Issue One of Research Matters includes:
Why we all need access to meaning | Victoria Yaneva | TEDxBrum
With the 21st Century known as the age of information, access to knowledge can change our lives in so many ways. Yet comprehension difficulties are a core characteristic of those on the autistic spectrum, making extracting meaning a distinct challenge. Victoria Yaneva outlines how technology can help bridge these differences in learning, by building upon the strengths of those with autism rather than focusing on weaknesses.
Victoria Yaneva is currently completing her PhD in Computational Linguistics at the University of Wolverhampton, exploring how texts and the web can be made accessible to people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). With a background in psychology, Victoria’s research focuses on the intersection between language comprehension in people with developmental disorders and language assistance solutions for these populations. As a result, she is developing AUTOR, a web app which helps experts and non-experts to write accessible content for readers with autism; one of the core characteristics of autism being atypical communication which can affect education, employability and social inclusion. Victoria is also an Autism Advisor at Autism West Midlands in Birmingham, working with newly-diagnosed adults on the spectrum, and works alongside the Walsall Befriending Service.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organised by a local community.