Worcester Lecturer Wins Competition to Showcase Research Excellence at Universities

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A Senior Lecturer from the University of Worcester went head-to-head with colleagues from other UK universities to win an applied research competition.

Ruth JonesThe competition, between Coventry, Gloucestershire, Worcester and New Bucks universities was the latest in a series of activities which builds on a long-term relationship between the four Higher Education institutions.

It was held in the Jaguar Building at Coventry University and a judging panel of expert academics had to pick two winners, one student and one academic, from a selection of projects.

The winning academic entry was by Ruth Jones from the Institute of Health and Society at the University of Worcester. She presented A Needs and Gaps Analysis to Support the Development of a Strategy on Sexual Violence and Abuse to Women and Girls in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.

She said: “I was very pleased to represent the University of Worcester in this competition; and thrilled to win. My thanks go to all those who contributed to the research; to the Safer Communities Strategic Unit of Telford and Wrekin Council for commissioning it and to my colleagues within the Institute of Health and Society for their support and encouragement”

There were four entries from the University of Worcester with two shortlisted, the other being Dr Ann Bicknell & Dr Jan Francis-Smythe, from the Centre for People at Work, who entered a piece of research on "Hedonomics and DIY: Does the "four pleasure" model of product reactions apply in decorating tool design?”

The winning student entry was from Djordje Jakovljevic a PhD Student from the Cardiovascular Health Research Group from Bucks New University who looked at the effect of mechanical circulatory support on cardiac and exercise performance in patients with chronic heart failure.

Professor Ian Marshall from Coventry University was the Chair of the judging panel. He said: “It was an extremely difficult task to choose two winners out of so many excellent entries. All four universities taking part are working on some amazing projects and this is a rare chance to showcase the wealth of knowledge and research activity going on in universities today.

“This year’s competition is the latest in a series of activities which builds on a long-term partnership between the four universities and I am sure that a number of joint-working projects will emerge from this event.”

The entries were judged on the success, innovation and impact of the research and the overall quality of the presentation.

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