Thursday, 08 September 2011
The University of Worcester is celebrating the 1,000th entry in its ever-expanding collection of research papers and creative work online.
The collection, known as WRaP (Worcester Research and Publications), includes academic research papers and university publications which showcase the University’s contribution to the global understanding of important issues, such as the environment.
The 1,000th entry was a book written by lecturers Klaus Oestreicher, Joanne Kuzma and Nigel Walton about the introduction of new and radical technologies that are affecting businesses in the 21st century. Their research found that frequent changes and demands in consumer expectations mean old industries are being destroyed whilst new ones are being created.
The research papers gathered for the publication are part of long-term research on the Home Entertainment Industry, whose business model is highly threatened. The book, which has been through vigorous peer-review processes, has been presented in conferences around the globe and has gained high international academic interest within the industry.
The WRaP collection also features many other innovative and exciting research work from the University, such as preventing Type 2 Diabetes, policing drug use in rural settings and enhancing the habitat for butterfly or bee populations. Other examples of research include local elections, teaching children with ADHD and children’s literature.
The University is also home for research centres such as the Association for Dementia Studies and the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit.
This wide variety of research is available for public use, plus there are opportunities to contact the authors and be involved with further research. The website to visit is http://wrap.worc.ac.uk
Paul Williams, from the University’s Information and Learning Services, said: “WRaP is a window into the sort of research which the University undertakes on a daily basis. The fact that it’s openly available to anyone demonstrates the University’s commitment to the communities it serves, both globally and locally.
“Potential researchers, those studying at universities around the globe, and people who simply have an interest in the subjects covered have an exciting opportunity to access research directly at no cost, and to contact authors who are actively working in the field. It’s an exciting project which we are very proud of.”