Research Degrees News


Sarah Younan at EVA

Research student Sarah Younan presented at July’s Electronic Visualisation and The Arts conference. The event was aimed at researchers working with emerging technologies and provides networking opportunities for practitioners in this field. Sarah presented on the research conducted as part of her PhD programme, which will be followed by another presentation in October 2015, this time at the CHArt Conference, London.

Ludic Activities

Steve Coleman attended the Care Home Managers Meeting of project partners Gwalia in March 2015. The opportunity was used to give an in-depth explanation of his Ludic Activities project which looks at designing creative strategies to support the subjective wellbeing of older people with dementia in residential care. The presentation focused on using Probes as a design-led research method to generate insights into the types of creative activity that could be employed by care staff to support the wellbeing of residents living with dementia. The proposed methods received the full support of the care home managers, who welcomed the project and have asked for further presentations to be delivered as the project develops.

Paul Marais

Professional Doctorate Student, Paul Marais will present his first conference paper at the 7th International Sustainability and Energy in Buildings Conference (SEB15), Lisbon. Co-authored with his supervisory team, the paper, “The use of polymer stabilised earth foundations for rammed earth construction” documents the case studies from his professional change research project.

PhD Success!

Two Research Students have recently been awarded their Doctorates – James Green and Robin Hawes. Supervised by Prof Robert Pepperell, Prof Gaynor Kavanagh and Dr Jon Clarkson, James’ research addressed the phenomenon of close-up double vision in artworks and developed a method of perspective for depicting this visual experience.

Also working in the field of visual experience, Robin combined theories of visual perception by selected artists with debates in contemporary neuroaesthetics and art to investigate the potential for developing more productive relationships between perceptual theory and arts practice. Robin was supervised by Prof Robert Pepperell and Prof Clive Cazeaux. Congratulations James and Robin!

Sarah Younan: Behind the Scenes

Sarah Younan presented a paper at Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) 2015 Conference at the University of Siena in March. The conference focused on the field of computing technologies applied to archaeology, giving Sarah the opportunity to present her research findings and received feedback from specialists in the field.

SEB 14 paper published

Papers presented by research students John Cosgrove, Mohammad Alhazim and Trevor Butler at the 6th International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, SEB-14 have been published in Energy Procedia (vol. 62, 2014).

Jo Atkinson: Carbon Trust Wales

Congratulations to research student Jo Atkinson, who is now working for the Carbon Trust in Wales. Jo is managing the trusts’ work in Wales, which includes delivering resource efficiency support to businesses and public sector organisations through the Welsh Government’s Resource Efficient Wales programme. Jo received a first class honours degree in Architectural Technology at CSAD and the role draws on her PhD research evaluating retrofitted external wall insulation.

Clara in Zambia

In April 2015, Clara Watkins will be attending The Value of Design Research, 11th International Design Conference, in Paris, to present her paper entitled: ‘The challenges of taking a user-centric approach within developing countries: A case study of designing medical solutions for Zambia.’ The paper presents some of her findings from her PhD studies which question the most appropriate method of developing medical product solutions for the developing world, with a focus on Zambia.