Research at the University of Wolverhampton has placed a clear focus on safeguarding people and the places they live. Experts from our School of Engineering and the Built Environment helped secure £1.5m for a research programme to help communities prepare and respond to extreme weather.
Professor David Proverbs and research fellow Dr Fiona Berryman were part of the consortium responsible for securing funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
The aim of the three-year Community Resilience to Extreme Weather (CREW) research programme is to help improve the resilience of local communities to the impacts of extreme weather conditions such as flooding, heatwaves, lightning, drought and wind. London will be used as the case study site and the team includes academic experts from 18 universities across the UK.
Professor Mike Thelwall, Head of the University’s Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group, is setting exacting standards for research in the field of ‘Cybermetrics’. In 2007 Mike was named third most influential British researcher of all time in information science and librarianship by the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.
Professor Thelwall has carried out extensive research in ‘Cybermetrics’, pioneering state-of-the-art software to generate Web intelligence information for industry and government. The new study used a new ‘h-index’ score, which was applied to the work produced by senior British-based academics in librarianship and information science. The international Journal of Informetrics has subsequently ranked Professor Thelwall number one in the world within the field in a list of top publishing authors.
Scientists at the University of Wolverhampton are working towards a breakthrough in brain tumour research. Led by Professor John Darling, our Research Institute in Healthcare Science has played a key role in the formation of the country’s largest brain tumour research group, Brain Tumour Northwest.
This new partnership, between Wolverhampton, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), and Lancashire Teaching Hospital's NHS Foundation Trust, will advance research in the area by opening access to rare tumour material, sharing laboratory facilities and techniques, as well as pooling scientific, medical and statistical expertise.
An important element of the group’s work will be establishing a ‘brain bank’ at the Royal Preston Hospital, allowing research tissue to be collected and stored in a consistent manner. Elements of the collection can in turn be distributed to associates throughout the region and an effective research database will be put in place.