Research Forum

The University’s magazine that showcases our research from across all four of our faculties, with all the latest news and special features. Published twice a year, Research Forum brings you our research which is making a real difference.

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Winter 2017

  • Our lead story discusses a new project to develop insecticides which target pests better but are safer to the environment
  • We explore a research model that could help reduce mental health illness in the workplace
  • Shakespeare’s plays are helping unravel the present day issue of our increased digital selves
  • Trials to enhance workplace training using Augmented Reality (AR).

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Spring 2017

  • Our lead story explores witchcraft and magical beliefs in 19th and early 20th century regional fiction
  • We learn more about a study on anorexia in the elderly
  • We discover the research making a difference to the testing of car emissions.

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Autumn 2016

  • Our lead story explores Brookes’ research into the terrorist’s alter ego
  • Professor Linda King, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Global Partnerships, introduces the University’s new Research Excellence Awards
  • We learn more about a global project to further the study of vernacular architecture
  • With future changes to UK Armed Forces, we look at the unexplored demands on UK Reservists and their families.

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Spring 2016

  • Our lead story explores Brookes’ research into human evolution and the origins of disease
  • Professor Linda King, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Global Partnerships, outlines the University’s new international research outlook
  • We look at a quirky project investigating the benefits of dark chocolate on reducing multiple sclerosis symptoms
  • With the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics Two we focus on two research projects in taking place in Brazil.

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Autumn 2015

  • Our lead story looks at our research into schooling and aspirations of young people in an inner city high school in The Bronx, New York
  • We look closer to home at a digital storytelling project bringing local neighbourhoods in Oxford to life as well as some excellent analysis and insight into:
    • Our new BabyWordTracker app making it possible to track infant’s first words and so bring benefits to parents and researchers alike
    • Research from the Faculty of Business on the external examining system that’s impacting on Government higher education policy.

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Spring 2015

  • This edition starts with a welcome from the new interim Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, Professor Linda King
  • Our lead story explores the Oxford Brookes research that’s helping tackle major challenges of the 21st century such as human trafficking
  • We take a look at our strong results in the recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (REF 2014) as well as some excellent analysis and insight into:
    • the 3D models of microscopic organisms changing understanding of the natural world
    • Tokyo’s Olympic preparations by Professor John Gold, Department of Social Sciences
    • where the garden cities idea came from and its impact on the UK housing crisis
    • how Dr Alexandra Wilson, Reader in Musicology, is rescuing opera from stereotypes.

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June 2014

  • This edition leads with an examination of the complexities of the current situation in Ukraine by Sarah Whitmore, Senior Lecturer in Politics
  • We also have some excellent analysis and insight into current areas of concern across all of society, such as:
    • the vital work Brookes is doing in the area of flood defences,
    • how we are contributing to a government report into hate crime, and press regulation laws following the Leveson Inquiry.
  • We explore artificial intelligence with Artie - our resident Robothespian
  • Finally, Alaistair Fitt, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Knowledge Transfer, explains his research into gambling.

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June 2014 front cover

December 2013

  • This edition features a special article from some of our leading academics and researchers offering their analysis and insight into key research areas and issues affecting wider society, such as:
    • climate change
    • transport
    • compassionate care
    • an aging population.
  • We also catch up with all the latest news from around the University, including funding success focusing on research on young people with developmental disorders
  • Read about Robert Llewylen’s (aka Kryten from Red Dwarf) visit to our Department of Computing and Communication Technologies' new cognitive robotics laboratory
  • Find out about a current research project developing online learning for trainee health visitors
  • And now that we have made our final submission to the REF (Research Excellence Framework 2014), we turn our attention to proposals for Open Access with a helpful guide on what this means for you.

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December 2013 front cover

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