Celebrating research success

Our termly publication to celebrate the University of Wolverhampton’s research successes and opportunities, Research Matters, was launched in December 2016.

We’ll 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.

Academic Year 2018/19

RM Issue 9  
Research Matters Issue 9  
RM Issue 7 Research Matters Issue 8 
Research Matters Issue 7 Research Matters Issue 8

Academic Year 2017/18

RM Issue 5
Research Matters Issue 6 Research Matters Issue 5 
RM Issue 4 Research Matters Issue 3
 Research Matters Issue 4  Research Matters Issue 3

 

Academic Year 2016/17

Research Matters 1
Research Matters Issue 1 Research Matters Issue 2

Issue One

"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.

Contents

Issue One of Research Matters includes:

  • New technology to improve understanding for people with autism - watch the video below of PhD student Victoria Yaneva presenting her research at a TEDxBrum event
  • Tatiana Panteli, our European Business and Research Development Manager, looks at the current potential impact of Brexit on UK universities
  • A report published in July has made a number of important and potentially far-reaching recommendations for higher education institutions preparing for the REF in 2021
  • Dr Mary Mahoney, Head of Lifelong Learning, has secured £146,250 from the Big Lottery and European Social Fund via Black Country Together on the Family Matters – Building Better Opportunities project
  • Professor Keith Burnham, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, introduces our new Wolverhampton Cyber Research Institute dedicated to tackling cyber crime
  • New student loans for postgraduate researchers
  • New innovations in brownfield research: An innovative new urban regeneration research centre is a central focus of the new Springfield Campus development
  • From sports researchers discussing the Olympics on Sky News to The Guardian highlighting how we're embedding environmental issues into our science curriculum, University of Wolverhampton expertise is developing a strong media profile, with international, national, regional and specialist coverage

New technology to improve understanding for people with autism

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.