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Annual Report 2007

Our research activity

The University of Wolverhampton has a burgeoning research community which is set to grow significantly over the next few years. All Academic Schools in the University have areas of research strength. In addition, the University has four cross-disciplinary Research Institutes and four formally constituted Research Centres.

History and Governance Research Institute (HAGRI)

HAGRI’s research activity is divided between five research groups: Conflict Studies; Europe: Trend and Transformation (ETAT); German History; Governance; and Trade, Retailing and Consumption History (TRACH).

Research Institute for Information and Language Processing (RIILP)

The Institute is organised into two research groups: Computational Linguistics and Statistical Cybermetrics. RIILP is well known for cutting-edge research, tools and resources in the area of natural language processing, as well as for methodologies to exploit Internet-based data sources for social sciences research.

Research Institute in Healthcare Science (RIHS)

RIHS is organised into research groups covering Health Policy and Evaluation; Cancer; Diabetes, Clinical Physiology and Metabolic Medicine; Food Biology, Medical Microbiology and Disinfection: Molecular Immunology; Molecular Pharmacology; Pharmacy; Psychology of Health; Sports, Exercise and Health; and Zeolytes.

Policy Research Institute (PRI)

PRI delivers high quality, client-focused research in a number of primary areas including multi-agency and partnership working, community consultation and empowerment, criminal justice and community safety, and social inclusion and exclusion.

Management Research Centre (MRC)

MRC places particular emphasis on applied research in the following areas: People, Work and Organisations; International Business and Governance; Business Education and Management Learning; Consumer Behaviour; and Marketing.

Research in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment (SEBE)

SEBE research is organised into three areas of enquiry. Research programmes in Architecture and Product Design focus on inclusive design in products and architecture, design sustainability and multi-disciplinary approaches to design. Research in Engineering and Technology brings expertise in research and consultancy applied to industry. Research topics for Construction and Infrastructure fall into two well defined groups: construction management and sustainable construction.

Research Centre for Sport, Exercise and Performance (RCSEP)

RCSEP is the focus for sport-related research in the University’s School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure. The Centre currently has 17 research-active staff and 15 PhD students. It places particular emphasis on applied research within the areas of sports performance, dance, exercise, and learning and teaching.

Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement (CHSCI)

CHSCI is a multi-disciplinary initiative within the School of Health. The aim of the Centre is to work towards developing leaders in health and social care, and to improve the access, experience and outcomes of people using these services.

The Black Country Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation (CADRE)

The Centre accommodates its research in five clusters of excellence: Contemporary Design and Applied Art; Interdisciplinary Practice in Art, Society and Environment; Design and Technology – Historic and Contemporary Paths to Creativity; Expression and Representation: Painting, Photography, New Media; and Creative Processes in Performing Arts.

Research within the School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT)

Areas of applied research within the School include Applied Innovative Digital Technologies Research Group (AIDtech); Communications, Networks, Telematics and Co-operative Technology (CoNTACT); Games Simulation and Artificial Intelligence (GSAI); Information Systems, Management and Strategy (ISMT); Mobile Computing and Network Communication Systems; Multimedia and Intelligent Systems Technology (MIST); and Research to Assist Learning (REAL).

Research Centre in Applied Sciences (RCAS)

RCAS comprises over 20 research staff and, currently 25 research students. It is made up of a number of established, and developing, research groups undertaking research in forensic science, biomass and energy crops, geography/ecology, learning and teaching, psychology (non-health), and plant, microbial and molecular sciences.