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Research with Impact

Wolverhampton continues to build a strong reputation in academic excellence and scholarship. We’re advancing knowledge in an exciting range of fields with pioneering research that has practical relevance and significance to the real world and our communities.

Emotional control

Sports Psychologist, Professor Andy Lane, is part of the national Emotional Regulation of Others and Self (EROS) project, which involves a team of researchers examining different types of psychology, covering areas such as work, social and sports. Professor Lane’s work was awarded the ‘Inspire’ mark, meaning it has been inspired and recognised by the London 2012 Olympic Games.


Insight into rough sleepers

Little is known about the experiences and circumstances of women who sleep on the streets. The University is working with partners across Europe on an important two-year research project looking at the lives of women who have suffered domestic violence and sleep rough. Working with partners in Spain, Sweden, Hungary and Belgium, Wolverhampton academics are studying the needs of women sufferers of domestic violence who now sleep rough and supporting them back into mainstream society. The £620,000 pioneering research, funded by the European Union, will assist the development of national and EU policies, together with creating knowledge transfer activities aimed at grass roots organisations and statutory agencies.

Helping nurses to develop good practice in prison work

A new initiative with NHS West Midlands will provide nurses working in prison healthcare with training and development to help them become leaders. A £250,000 grant from the Burdett Trust for Nursing is funding a three-year project to enable nurses to apply holistic evidence-based nursing practice to the benefit of the offender health community. Some of the grant will be used to fund a Burdett Trust Reader at the University who will support nurses on the programme through supervision and also work with expert research and leadership mentoring teams.

Safe haven

The University is joining forces with a local charity on a two-year research project to explore the provision of counselling services available to victims of domestic violence. The Haven Wolverhampton, an independent charity which provides emergency refuge and community support services to women and children affected by domestic violence, was awarded funding through the EU’s Daphne programme. The charity will work closely with representatives from the School of Health and Wellbeing at the University and partners from across Europe to explore issues around availability, funding, effectiveness and attitudes towards counselling services for victims of domestic violence.